A Christian, Hansel prayed for healing "hundreds and hundreds of times". You may be thinking that he must be depressed and forlorn. No, one of his friends described him recently as "the most cheerful man I know". In his book I mentioned earlier he writes that no matter what your circumstances, you can choose to be joyful. I remember when I read his book, You Gotta' Keep Dancin' the light bulb went on for me. Seems this new light made me a troublemaker to the "normal" conversations at church and family gatherings. I was no longer an "amen" backup to "ain't it awful....?"
- Whether God was good
- Whether He loved us
- Whether He let us suffer sometimes.
Their conclusion to all three was yes.
Suffering is sometimes a gift. Hansel said his accident had stopped him experiencing a trivial life. "God finally healed me of the need to be healed . . . I had discovered a peace inside the pain. Unless there is an element of risk in our exploits for God, there is no need for faith."
We have the right to choose what to do with our lives. We can choose to live and love honestly, or to live in fear. Making peace with pain and suffering are key to knowing how God means for us to thrive in our lives.
I'm looking for your viewpoints. Tell your stories or offer your honest questions on suffering.