I feel so sad – so deflated – this morning. These past few days have been times of unprecedented suffering for our community. It has also been a time of unprecedented prayer and unity – a sign to me that God is working in the midst of the tragedies. I find myself, like most, looking for answers, and those answers are not forthcoming. It’s frustrating, but mostly just sad.
All I do know with utter certainty is that God is a God of love. He cherishes each of His precious children that He formed out of love in their mothers’ wombs as though each was His only child. I know that He cares about our physical being, but He has the bigger picture – our eternal well-being at heart. Our eternal well-being supercedes the physical.
We must keep in mind that God does not think the way that we do. He is able to see everything – past, present and future – at one time. As hard as it is to trust and to accept, He knows what is best for His children. Sometimes, in our pain, this reality is so difficult for us to see or accept. Somehow, I know He understands.
Jesus was no stranger to suffering. He was rejected, beaten, humiliated and finally died a horrible, painful death. Why did He submit to the Father’s Will if He, being God Himself could have stopped it? He did it to bring about a greater good – our salvation. He did it, though He was completely without guilt or sin so that when we die, we may live in heaven with Him for all eternity.
It comforts me to know that Jesus walks with us in our time of great suffering and sorrow. His mother does so as well. Who could relate to our pain more than Mary? She had to watch her son brutally murdered though he was innocent. When we cry, she cries with us.
In this time of great anxiety and sadness, let us ask our Mother to wrap her mantle of grace around us, and to pray for each and every one of us that we may persevere in faith as Job once did. The alternative is to live a life without hope. We must not be tempted to give into despair. Hope! Hope in the Lord!
I found an article this morning that was somewhat helpful to me. It is regarding coping with unanswered prayers. If nothing, the references to people in the bible – some of God’s beloved – who had to deal with unanswered prayer validated my own feelings at this difficult time. May God grant you His peace!