Joy comes in suffering…

Our Lady said to St. Bernadette, “I cannot promise you happiness in this life, only in the next.” No one, in this world, is exempt from sufferings. Even the Son of God suffered greatly so that we might be saved. The Father gave us the gift of salvation because His Son, His only Son, suffered for us. God drew the world to Him through the sufferings of Jesus on the cross.

God allows sufferings so that we can grow closer to Him. In the midst of His sufferings, Jesus prayed for us and all sinners so that we might gain eternal life. Through His sufferings we were saved. There was a reason for Him to suffer. There are reasons for our sufferings, too, even though we might not understand now, but one day, when we see the Glory of God, we will learn how God used our sufferings to save souls, maybe even your own soul.

To know God is to love God. To Love God is to suffer. To suffer is to bring souls to Him who might otherwise not be saved. Through suffering, we are able to join in the salvific sacrifice of the cross.

No life can be without suffering. God touches us in any way that He can to bring us closer to Him. Some days, God breaks our hearts to get our attention and to fill our hearts with His love. When a heart is broken, there is finally room for God. Part of us has died, and God, with our permission, enters into our hearts and souls to make us whole again. We can choose to die to self and give these little deaths to God. The more room we have for Him, the more He can fill us with His love. We can come to know God more closely in the blessing of sufferings.

To know God is to love God for God is love. In our sufferings, we can find God, but we must be still and listen for His voice for it is only in the quiet that we can hear the voice of God.

Are you caught in the trap of worry when you suffer? Cap off that worry with prayer and scripture. Lay your worries at the foot of the cross and walk away. God will handle it for you. He will lift that cross from your shoulders and bear it with His own shoulders. In humility offer that to Him for you can do nothing without God. He is the God of miracles. He is the God whose hand formed the universe. He made the stars and the earth. They all move according to His Will.
Gravity holds us on earth. God made gravity and made it work right.

Accept your sufferings with joy! God made you to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world and in the next. Serve Him with your acceptance of suffering and bring Him your joy. Thank Him. Love Him. It is through prayer that sufferings become blessings. Let yourself be lifted up and carried by God, in spite of the pain, and in spite of the weight of the cross. Remember, God carries most of the weight.

Above all, love God. Thank God. Praise God. In your suffering, you will find joy. Rise above the pain and let God love you.