Finding joy in sufferings

      This week has been a week of many joys and much sorrow. Christmas is such a special day. It’s a time to remember that “a baby changes everything”; that baby being, Jesus. What a great gift from God that He sent His son to walk among us, die for our sins and rise again after 3 days. We are so blessed to serve a gracious, forgiving, and merciful God.
     There has been many seasons of my life that I have felt confused and often wonder why, why me, why now, why my family/friend, even why not. This week is one of those times. My grandpa went into the CCU (Critical Care Unit, previously called ICU) with many complications. Most serious initially was a brain aneurysm. He survived that as he is mighty warrior, he has been touch and go all week with his congestive heart failure and breathing issues. He has really good days and days where I think I have said my last goodbye. Yet, he keeps fighting.
     I find myself praying often for my Grandpa, praying for miraculous healing, for total comfort and peace. I keep asking God why, why at Christmas, why my grandpa AGAIN, why so many issues at once, why not heal him. I think one lesson that I am learning through all of this is to never stop praying, never doubt the Lord can heal my grandpa completely. I also learned that through times of suffering we become closer to God. Just this past week I have spent time with my Mom and my aunts in my Grandpa’s hospital room. I have spent time reading my Bible while holding vigil, time praying over my Grandpa quietly. One day was particularly stressful for our family as we had to decide whether to have my Grandpa placed on a ventilator due to low oxygen levels. As a family and with my Grandpa’s consent we came to the agreement to place him on the ventilator. As we waited in the waiting area my aunt suggested we pray as a family. This was such a blessing to me. I was able to pray aloud after my aunt finished and share my personal conversation and pleading to God with my family. This is something I had never done in the past. I have always been shy about praying out loud in front of anyone. I am practicing this more often and getting closer to doing it more. I thank God for opportunities like this in my life, amongst a time of sorrow I was able to focus on God and be filled with a peace that could have only come from our Father above.
Isaiah 43:2 says: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will set you ablaze.”
 I know that because we have been born into a sinful world will have times of many trials and sufferings, times of loss, times of unimaginable tragedy. But God will never leave us alone. If we seek him and lean on him he will keeps our heads above water and protect us from the harmful blaze. This alone is what gets me through the tough times that I encounter. I hope this also helps you too.

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