I’ve known sorrow, I have known pain.

How ironic. Part of what I’m currently struggling with in Christianity, is right here in front of me. Aye yi yi. I had this convo with my friend Nick a few times. We both suffered from extreme physical ailments, and both lived in constant pain. Nick was one of the strongest Christians I was ever blessed to know. I wish we hadn’t had those fights last summer, and I wish he hadn’t died this summer. Because I would love to make up, I would love to discuss this stuff with him. But one song he introduced me to (and was also at his funeral) was a song by Chris Tomlin: “And I will rise when He calls my name, no more sorrow, no more pain.”

Carry forth on to Luther!

” I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses,” (SC, Article 1).

Honestly? I take issue with this. Quite a bit of issue, actually. Fine. God created me. But he created me faulty. When I complained about this as a child, I was told “God don’t make junk” and that “all things work together for His glory”. All fine and good and well, I suppose. But when I suffer from so many ailments, I can’t help but wonder if I somehow got overlooked. I think this is the one aspect of Christianity I struggle with the most. God created me, my limbs, eyes, etc. And these things don’t work right and as each day goes on, fall more and more apart. And it’s a struggle, because there’s so much pain in it. I hope that one day I can grow to accept it, and that I can find God in the midst of my pain. But right now? I cannot.

“For here we see how the Father has given Himself to us, together with all creatures, and has most richly provided for us in this life, besides that He has overwhelmed us with unspeakable, eternal treasures by His Son and the Holy Ghost, as we shall hear.” (LC, Article 1, num 24)

I suppose this blog post isn’t very uplifting. I try to have one uplifting part, but I’m sick and struggling right now, so it’s just not there. I struggle with the fact that “God has provided” when I struggle to make ends meet. When I make my small amount of money I get a month get all the things I need: food, bills, medicine, laundry, etc. I know that at the end of the day all my needs are met, but the stress that goes through making sure they are all is difficult. And even though I know there are eternal treasures in store, I still struggle to believe.

Heh. Slightly depressing post this time, but I guess it happens at times. Such is life.

Author Reflections:
Kinda odd how I keep looping back to the subject of struggling with how God made me. Guess he’s trying to teach me something, eh? Guess this is something I need to learn. Guess it’s something that’s really hitting me lately. That’s okay. Maybe I’ll learn and accept it, or maybe it’s something I’ll always struggle with. I think it’s perfectly okay to not always have the answers as much as we may want them.

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