“Free me from my fear.”
Let us face it.
We live in a society that is somewhat
So crazy that it wants to remove pain
Patience is a nowhere-to-be-found virtue.
We want everything promptly.
We have lost the art of waiting.
Just press a button and everything
come right away.
Sacrifice is unthinkable.
People are terrified of pain.
A headache? Swallow a pill or two.
Too warm? Switch on the air conditioner.
Cold? Put on the heater.
Hungry? Nibble something.
Caught in a traffic jam? Traffic rage!
We escape suffering obsessively.
Our level of tolerance is becoming
We always look for the quick and painless
Illness terrifies us.
If our children get sick, we lose our
We just panic in the face of pain!
Something wide of the mark in all this…
Because pain is inevitable in life
and no one has the power or the ability
take it away.
Rather, in our effort to eliminate
we are becoming even more upset and
It is the fool who dreams of a world
suffering, pain, sadness,
The secret is not how to avoid pain
to learn to live with it.
Common sense should tell us
that if God – who is all-wise and all-good
allowed pain in life,
it must have a meaning, a good meaning.
If instead of immediately calming the
and the waves
Jesus remained asleep as if nothing
- he was not very happy when they woke
that means that winds and high waves
part of the good plans of God for us.
It takes time to digest this.
Because, the moment a storm appears
the moment our boat starts rocking…
my children get ill,
my husband gets the sack,
my mother in law can not stand me,
my children react riotously to my corrections,
our relationships starts floundering
our work in the Lord’s field appears
we freak out
we immediately get depressed
we quickly conclude that God made a
we are ready to fume.
Whereas the Word of God reminds us
that in the boat of life we are never
However big the waves are
however strong the wind is
no matter the amount of water entering
there is Someone who is stronger than
stronger than the waves
just waiting for the right moment
to command the wind and the waves to
He will not take us out of the boat.
He will not change the circumstances.
He will not remove our problems.
He will change us.
He will give us the strength to live
the pain without going berserk,
to live with the problems without becoming
We shall realize that we can do ALL
through Him who strengthens us.
How cool it is to be a real Christian!
“But the mother was especially admirable and
worthy of honourable remembrance,
for she watched the death of seven
endured it resolutely
because of her hopes in the Lord.
Indeed she encouraged each of them:
‘I do not know how you appeared in
it was not I who endowed you with breath,
I had not the shaping of your every
It is the creator of the world, ordaining
the process of man’s birth
and presiding over the origin of all
who in his mercy will most surely give
back both breath and life,
seeing that you now despise your own
for the sake of his laws.’ ” (2 Maccabees 7.20-23)
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