When something terrible
happens we often ask why? This is the hardest question to answer. Some
people blame themselves for situations, or other people, and if there is
no obvious reason we sometimes blame God. So much hurt can be inflicted
by people, yet other tragic events seem to just happen.
We cannot know all the
answers as to why something is happening. But as Christians we have
found that the best thing to do is to reach out to God for comfort and
help because we have found that in all situations God does not wish to
be removed or distant.
Jesus went through great
suffering and can identify with us. God can give us an inner peace even
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says,
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all
our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the
comfort we ourselves have received from God."
As she prayed, God gave a
lady we know a poem. At the time she was having a particularly painful
time living with an alcoholic husband. The poem is titled
"Can I" and we hope this is of help to you
Can I be kind - with no
Can I be polite - with nothing but abuse?
Can I be gentle - with all the harshness?
Can I be hopeful - when all seems gone?
Can I give - without taking?
Can I love - without being loved?
Can I be peaceful - with nothing but chaos?
Can I forgive - when the hurt goes on?
Paul wrote to the
Philippians "I am able to do all things through Him (God) who gave
God can give you the strength to cope when things seem