A reflection on suffering

A bible verse for reflection

Matthew 26:36 NIV 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”


A reflection on suffering

Heavenly Father,

Much has been said about suffering. Many of us have experienced suffering at some point in our lives and for some of us it has been a moment when we have been at our lowest ebb.

There are many of us who believe that a compassionate Father would not allow suffering. There are many of us who fail to understand why there is a need to suffer. There are those who suffer who turn a back on you, Our Heavenly Father.

There are many who prefer to deal with their sorrow in silence. There are those who take advantage of the many agencies that exist to deal with the bereaved, but for some who are grief stricken this burden is carried with them for the rest of their lives. Many of us can see that suffering is an issue that needs to be resolved in such a way that those who suffer are made whole again in a way that is spiritual.

There are those who prefer to deal with their sorrow in other ways, and one of those ways is to take a burden to you, Our Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father, you are there for us always and you always will hear a plea for help. 

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that we must bring to you our worries and we must bring to you our concerns. We are able to see in a way that is clear that many are unable to do this because a blame is laid with you, Our Heavenly Father, for a loss. Some of us are able to see in a way that is clear that you, Our Heavenly Father,  understands our predicament and will always wait upon all to be at one with yourself in order to be healed.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see that suffering is evident around your world, and we are able to see that suffering is commonplace in your nation of Somalia. Many of us are hopeful that the conference today will bring about relief for your people of your nation of  Somalia and we hope and we pray that your children of your nation of Somalia will be  fairly treated by all.

Heavenly Father, you sent into your world your only begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to help us understand suffering. Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, died for all Mankind in a way that has been described as painful, and in a way that has been described as one of  suffering.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time, during the period of Lent, we are asked to think about the suffering of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We are asked to think about the sorrow that is happening in your world.

Heavenly Father, many of us desire that suffering will have no place in your world, and many of us desire that your people will live peaceably alongside each other. Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that suffering can be relieved in our lives, and we hope and we pray that suffering can be relieved in the lives of your  people of the nation of Somalia. We ask you to place opportunities before many so that all can consider ways to help others at times of suffering, and we ask you to place opportunities before many so  that many are able to see clearly the way to help others at times of suffering.

Heavenly Father, you are our caring Father and you are our  compassionate Father, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that you can hear our prayers always, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that  you can help us come to terms with all pain, and with all sorrow.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to you now all that is said, in the name of yourself, Our Heavenly Father, and in the name of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in the name of your Holy Spirit, who lives within us, and who dwells amongst us, and who advocates for us, now and always, for evermore.

Amen

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Posted on February 23, 2012, in Lent, suffering and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Throughout life, people undergo to some extent suffering and sorrow as well as happy and fruitful times. Sorrow helps us to appreciate the better times and being able to share our concerns with our Father is part of this. Christians can provide support for others and a listening ear, which helps the sufferer to come to terms with their loss or develop alternative ways in coping, is important

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