Growth Through Suffering

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn Your decrees.”
Psalm 119:71

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As I sat and listened to the patient in hospital describe their medical difficulties I was amazed at the sequence and complexity of their issues. It seems that a domino effect had occurred as each problem caused another until they had to be hospitalized and undergo a series of surgeries.

I could not help being very distressed for the person and wondering on the human level how they would ever cope. Life would not be the same for them after this series of problems.

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Help!

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

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As a small boy I thought my father knew everything. He could repair our family car, finish off the basement including the electrical wiring. His sense of direction was phenomenal. He knew how to hunt and trap for food, and how to ice fish. I thought there was nothing useful he did not know.

As an adult I came to realize my beloved father had limits to his knowledge and wisdom for living. It did not change my love and respect for him in the least.

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Jesus’ Great Love

“The third time he said to him,
‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time,
‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things;
you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep.’”
John 21:17 (NIV)

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During the meal in the Upper Room all of the disciples argued as to which of them should be counted greatest. So Peter sinned along with the rest as he put forward reasons why he was a better disciple than the others.

Peter had also demonstrated great self confidence the night of the betrayal when he told his Master he would go with Him to the death if necessary. Sadly Peter would do no such thing when in Gethsemane. Instead of going with Jesus at the arrest in Gethsemane he fled with the rest.

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When is Mom coming home?

“I will come again”
John 14:3 (KJV)

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When I was a preschooler a cousin of mine developed spinal meningitis. He and his family lived in Nova Scotia and my mother travelled down there on the train to be with her sister and nephew at a critical time. Clyde was a strapping young fellow about 14 years old but 6 feet tall. Everyone loved him at school and in the neighbourhood. However back then penicillin had only recently been discovered and put into public use. Sadly it was too late for my cousin as the infection spread to his brain and after a number of weeks he went to be with Jesus.

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Growth Through Suffering

“It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn Your decrees.”
Psalm 119:71

Gordon Rumford Ministries - Daily Devotional

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As I sat and listened to the patient in hospital describe their medical difficulties I was amazed at the sequence and complexity of their issues. It seems that a domino effect had occurred as each problem caused another until they had to be hospitalized and undergo a series of surgeries.

I could not help being very distressed for the person and wondering on the human level how they would ever cope. Life would not be the same for them after this series of problems.

Continue reading “Growth Through Suffering”