A Letter to my dear friend upon your difficult news…
Hello, my dear friend. I’m very sorry to hear about your situation. I prayed for you last night, and again today at Mass. I asked that God would strengthen you with courage and faith so that you may get through this. I also prayed that you would be healed and that you would not suffer.
I wondered what God might want you to know? If I were a messenger, what would He have me tell you? In my heart, I heard Him answer. “Tell her I love her very much. Let her know that I am with her always and that I’m with her now in the midst of all this. Be not afraid.”
We don’t always know why we are to suffer. Why would God allow this? Sometimes (maybe) we might see the greater good that God has planned. Other times, it’s just difficult and requires us to have lots of faith.
I have seen some people suffer and I have seen greater good. I know that there is a purpose – and a benefit – when we allow our experience to glorify God. You’ve maybe seen the incredible cancer patient who never complains, or the little child who was burned yet still smiles every day. Those heroic people that seem to let God’s love shine through their suffering.
I got to thinking about you specifically …you, a much-loved woman with many friends and admirers. How might God be asking you to show His power and love to others? Read the rest of this entry »