Suffering 101

Posted by Dennis Chitwood Sat, 05 Jan 2013 18:47:00 GMT

Our God is an awesome God. Nov 2, 2012 was my first ever broken bones in my 68 years of life and I realize I have so much more to learn. My broken ribs are healed and I want to thank you for your prayers. I was asking God for a miracle the first two weeks in order to give Him the glory. He did not give me what I asked for, but what He knew I needed.

I had an opportunity to offer my pain and suffering and unite it with Jesus' passion and death for Him to use for the soul most in need of His mercy. This journey deepened my faith, patience and trust in our living God. I realize God created our bodies to heal and mend themselves given the proper time and treatment. I came to believe even more deeply that 'God works all things to the good for those who love Him and keep His word.' Romans 8:28 I practiced, in those early weeks, what I often say 'to praise and thank God for ALL' as I lay on my bed in pain. I 'gave thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ' Eph. 5:20. He says to ask and you will receive - I asked and the answer was - not yet. All good things, in His time. He makes all things beautiful in His time. Let us be open to more of the power and presence of God. Come Holy Spirit, Come

May this New Year be lived in such an attitude of trust in our God that it will be the BEST YEAR YET. You and yours are in my daily Mass prayers. Thank you again and again.

Elizabeth Chitwood