Purpose in suffering

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I don't know about you, but I really have a difficult time with suffering. Those who have nestled close to us the past 8 years have have willingly endured front row seats in our seemingly endless personal trials. Some have said they don't know of anyone who has gone through as much as we have......And others have said they have suffered worse.I believe them.For us, the agony of disability, serious illnesses, the loss of family and friends who weren't able to handle the ride, and the financial disasters, seemed at times as if they were the most grueling and arduous punishments that could be inflicted upon a couple.Each time we thought our situation was the worst, we saw someone else suffering life-threatening diseases or other paralyzing levels of hell that made us weep for our selfishness.When I screamed, "no more," I saw so many others who suffered much more, and I was humbled.A dear friend had his reputation tarnished through the lies of another, and though his pain was enormous enough to drop an elephant, he rose above his anguish and humiliation and began ministering to others while his own heart was shredded. . . .

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