Gratefulness Amidst Suffering

I just read this post about suffering/Suffering and felt convicted that the post I was preparing to write for this week might be better replaced with one on gratefulness. Admittedly, I use the word “suffering” to describe my physical pain and loss of ability, but there are many who are Suffering in ways that I can only imagine. When I think of them, I pray for their comfort and endurance while also praying thankfulness for my blessings.

As I have lain upon the bed of painful flesh, I have learned to appreciate the comfortable pillow that cradles my head. When my head and body beat with the pulses of my blood, I gratefully reflect on the temperature-controlled room that prevents my heart from beating faster. My parched throat reminds me that I haven’t been able to swallow water without a lurching stomach, but the love from a caring daughter calms my body so that I can drink purified water that is available for the taking at multiple faucets throughout the house.  Yes, God has truly provided many blessings that ease my suffering. These comforts that I used to take for granted are absent from the lives of many who Suffer around the world.

The greatest blessing of all is available to everyone though. We recently celebrated the risen Christ who died to pay for the sins of all who would receive His Gift of forgiveness.  The power demonstrated in His ability to rise from the grave provides testimony to the truth of His ability to fulfill His promises. Each believer will also rise from death to a life without suffering or Suffering. For this, I am eternally grateful.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.
Revelation 21:4

6 thoughts on “Gratefulness Amidst Suffering

    • Sometimes, I don’t feel like I’m doing much for the Kingdom, but your words help me to see that maybe I am (thank you). I’m learning that living my life in accordance with His will is just as important as doing the “big things” I had always planned to do.

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      • Some of the most encouraging people I have come across are the ones who quietly follow the Lord in the circumstances He has put them in. The real giants of of the church go largely unnoticed, but they are the ones that gives the church a pleasant aroma. Imagine if all God’s people lived out His will for them without a lot of hoopla. What a different world it would be. The Lord delights in the glass of water or the two mites given in His name. It’s the “small’ blessings that make life bearable. Your thankful and trusting service to Him is important no matter how “small” it may seem. ❤️

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    • She definitely has the ability to know how to comfort others with her servant’s heart (a blessing to me for sure😀). She has said that she has learned a lot about how to trust God while watching my trials; I’m so glad for this. What is sad is that she has also said that she can’t remember me from when I was more able.

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      • God has given us both hope through our children. My oldest two have taken the brunt of my infirmity, but the two youngest are so resilient and seem to accept it as life. I tell my oldest daughter that God must have something in store for her because she has so many ill friends and now mommy–there must be a reason He has her life surrounded by this trial. I see her growing in Him which gives me such joy!

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