I believe that God placed this song on my heart to share with you this morning. I fell asleep last night around ten, but then was awakened around 11:30 by restless legs. I thrashed about for TWO hours, before settling down into slumber again. The sweet sounds of this song on my alarm clock gently awakened me at six a.m. “What if your blessings come through raindrops….What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near…” God was talking to ME!
Personally, I believe that nothing is coincidence. I believe that God communicates with us all of the time. Have we put ourselves in a disposition to hear – to see?
Last night when I could not sleep, I was frustrated at first. Then I remembered the morning offering I had said the day before. “I offer you all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart…” This was one of those sufferings..
One of the reasons that I’m glad to be Catholic is the teaching regarding redemptive suffering – uniting our own pain to the cross of Christ for the good of mankind. If unite our pain, our frustration, our hurt to Jesus’ suffering, we offer it to Him as a prayer. We ask Him to use it…for the souls in purgatory…for our relative who is away from the faith….for the poor…the dying…for wherever His Beautiful Heart sees fit. There is so much suffering in this life. It comforts me to know that my aches and pains aren’t for nothing – that they doesn’t go to waste.
I know that some of the great saints would bring pain upon themselves in order to suffer for Christ. I don’t think that this is His Will for us. He tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and as such we should care for our bodies and respect them. There is certainly enough pain in this life to offer up without having to cause it for ourselves!
I suffer from terrible, debilitating migraines from time to time. The idea of using my pain as a prayer has been so helpful to me. It doesn’t necessarily remove the hurt, but it does give me a sense of peace to know that my pain is not being wasted – that I am doing some good, even when I’m flat out on my back and not able to do anything else.
I hope you enjoy the video. I also hope that you can put into practice the concept of redemptive suffering in your life as one of those “blessings in disguise” – graces from God above. May God grant you His Peace!