Suffering: Day 4

We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.
Romans 5:3 RSV


No one knows when your suffering will be over. Grief does not concede to those urging you to move on. Those who insist that you get on with your life do not appreciate that you may never “get over” your grief. When at last you have endured and found your way to the other side of pain and sorrow, you realize that it is through suffering that you better understand the things that really matter: faith, hope, and love.


God, I am grateful that suffering teaches endurance and perseverance in life. Though it is difficult to rejoice, I trust your divine instruction. Amen.


Suffering is part of life. I will rejoice that I am alive.