For the Suffering

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Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalm 23:4

I know I haven’t written in a bit but I will be writing soon. My household is undergoing some changes and once I get a routine down I will get back to writing. For now, I don’t usually post things like this – but felt compelled today. As far as I can tell it was written by Ray James. It is exactly what I think we need to hear right now, so I am posting what he wrote;

I would have pulled Joseph out. Out of that pit. Out of that prison. Out of that pain. And I would have cheated nations out of the one God would use to deliver them from famine.

I would have pulled David out. Out of Saul’s spear-throwing presence. Out of the caves he hid away in. Out of the pain of rejection. And I would have cheated Israel out of a God-hearted king.

I would have pulled Esther out. Out of being snatched from her only family. Out of being placed in a position she never asked for. Out of the path of a vicious, power-hungry foe. And I would have cheated a people out of the woman God would use to save their very lives.

And I would have pulled Jesus off. Off of the cross. Off of the road that led to suffering and pain. Off of the path that would mean nakedness and beatings, nails and thorns. And I would have cheated the entire world out of a Savior. Out of salvation. Out of an eternity filled with no more suffering and no more pain.

And oh friend. I want to pull you out. I want to change your path. I want to stop your pain. But right now I know I would be wrong. I would be out of line. I would be cheating you and cheating the world out of so much good. Because God knows. He knows the good this pain will produce. He knows the beauty this hard will grow. He’s watching over you and keeping you even in the midst of this. And He’s promising you that you can trust Him. Even when it all feels like more than you can bear.

So instead of trying to pull you out, I’m lifting you up. I’m kneeling before the Father and I’m asking Him to give you strength. To give you hope. I’m asking Him to protect you and to move you when the time is right. I’m asking Him to help you stay prayerful and discerning. I’m asking Him how I can best love you and be a help to you. And I’m believing He’s going to use your life in powerful and beautiful ways. Ways that will leave your heart grateful and humbly thankful for this road you’ve been on.

About veilofveronica

I am a mother and wife as well as an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation catechist at a parish in the south. I have 3 children and a great husband.
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10 Responses to For the Suffering

  1. Chris says:

    Thank you so needed as I am going through some rough issues. Jesus I surrender myself to you

  2. Pamela Distefano says:

    That was very uplifting and I really liked it I appreciate the fact that you were praying for us every day on your knees to the father the son and the Holy Spirit and I never saw we will be alive to see the things unfold that we are seeing God has chosen us to be here in this moment of time for what reason I have no idea he might never know only until we get to heaven will we know his reasons as reasons are way above ours amen

  3. Monica Keiser says:

    There’s nothing in the email? Did you forget an attachment?

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. sheralyn80 says:

    I needed this one. Thank you🙏🏻💒

  5. Katherine says:

    Thank you so much for this! I am in a valley right now, and this gave me hope. God bless you!

  6. 1Irish says:

    God bless you! I needed this right now especially after the death of our beloved Mom ~ mother of 12 living children (she finally met the other 2 she lost) Now there is the aftermath that so many go through. Pray for us.

  7. Mick says:

    Thank you, Susan; this is a very timely post. I’m going to print it out so that I can refer to it often. God bless you and yours.

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