- Religion and Philosophy
Through The Valley And Back
A brief introduction
As a practicing faith based Jesus loving christian, I've had my share of moments when my beliefs are shaken to that point of not knowing whether to continue or just give up and succumb to the desires of living in this skin I am blessed to wear. As you all probably know, God's grace and mercy come to us blindly, for we cannot see it coming, we only feel it in our hearts and experience it in our minds.
I've written this hub in hopes that others can relate to the battle that is going on within us as we grow spiritually.It's is ongoing and has it's ups and downs.
Heaven declares His Majestic Power
After participating in the commenting of various hubs here on hubpages, I was inspired to research the concept of faith, lost and found and what happens in between. I am still actively seeking answers and you the reader of this hub may also be searching and seeking. Just as someone has shared these words and I found them, you may also be inspired to search yourself for a reason to continue believing. " Seek and ye shall find"
I hope this brings some spark of curiosity to the minds of readers to go and look for answers to questions that often leave ones spirit in a torn condition. I believe that God is as real as the ocean and the sky, as real as the trees and the plants.
Have you ever had those days when nothing seems to go right and everything you attempt causes distress? Surely you have! There you are in the valley!
Then at some point you just stop and say out loud, why me, Lord, why! Then you pray to Him in gratitude, in meekness and humbly for the trial you have faced thus far, regroup and try to move on.
Giving up on God isn't an option for you, but the trials keep coming day by day and eventually you become so unraveled you think, why is this happening. It's like your cursed or something which indeed you are, awareness sometimes bites. The truth sometimes hurts. When we are at our lowest point and feel that we cannot sink lower, things turn around and the pieces start to fit in place and either our mindset is accepting that this is as bad as things get or they really are starting to get better.
This has been my experience over and over again. Now that I realize that sin has me disconnected from the grace, I am starting to see that, I can stop what is happening faster, by spending time in prayer with God and it's ok to talk to self out loud if necessary to bring things back into perspective. After a short while I feel comforted in knowing that I've done what I could do to change the situation, now it's time to leave the problems with Him and go forward!
Thoughts from Klaire
For every Catholic 40 years and older, most probably had a mother who opined to our whines with "Offer it up." I never bothered to ask for the details, only have come to realize 40 years later how both "simple and deep" that ‘mom theology’ actually was.
I dare to say that the understanding of the theology of "redemptive suffering" may well be what Americans and all people need more than anything right now. Bishop Fulton Sheen would often say "The biggest waste in the world is wasted pain; suffering not offered and united back to Jesus Christ, especially by the terminally ill and the elderly in nursing homes."
I’ve become both fascinated and perhaps even graced in the desire to study it; the genesis of interest resulting from my own sufferings at the death bed of my beloved mother. Why God allows suffering is too big for any of us really, but the "short answer", per Father Corapi, is to "Allow a greater good."
That’s really all we need to know, at least to take advantage of the power behind it; the same power that redeemed the world. United to Christ, human suffering is the most powerful force in the universe. Pope John Pope II in ‘Memory and Identity" even teaches that suffering "Consumes Evil."
I can’t even comprehend the power behind the suffering of children, only comforted in knowing that God is always with us in our sufferings. For those who know that and "unite back", it’s the greatest power in the world next to creation, allowing/inviting us, like mother Mary at the foot of the cross, the power to join with Christ for the redemption and salvation of souls.
Based on my own personal experiences, I can assure anyone that God doesn't get "more real" than when we unite him into our sufferings; and perhaps as "deep" into the mysterious theology as any of us need to venture.
More thoughts from Jason
I have learned through reading scripture and the many stories that it tells, that God actually produces strength and maturity in us through our trials.
In the book of James, chapter 1 we are reminded to consider it pure joy when we face trials of MANY kinds. It goes on to say that when the testing is complete, it will make us mature and lacking nothing.
We can't possibly be mature without going through hardships. We shouldn't cower and ask why me. Instead we should be thanking of God and considering it pure joy.
Who has truly succeeded without first tasting defeat? A scientist will prove a theory by testing all other possibilities first. And when we have undergone our possibilities and learned of their failure, it will always bring us back to the one and only Truth.
More thoughts from Mark
Just read the words of that song, Amazing Grace. What inspiration it gives. I believe in my heart that most of my suffering has come from shear ignorance, but even that was a test that proved me worthy of learning something that would eventually help me understand that I am what I am and that is what I'm suppose to be. We all suffer at some point in time and there cannot be healing without first some kind of suffering. That is just the way it works. Many of us were fortunate to grow up knowing the comfort of a loving mother and the guidance of a father and that is truly a blessing that we take for granted most times. Not all children are that lucky. A spiritual scientist studies to know the facts and he will eventually be touch by the granduer of the universe and the vastness of all things.
I would like to thank my Catholic Deacon friend for posting this testimony and also I encourage everyone out there, if you are suffering and you want relief, please find a quite place where you can sit, kneel, lay down, close your eyes and just say, God,,, my heart wants to know you, my mind , body and spirit needs healing, You alone are the Greatest Doctor in the universe and by Jesus Christ suffering you have redeemed me once and for all. Please heal me from the inside out and make me to know what my purpose is here, so that I may live your will and not my own selfish desires until the day you come for me! In Jesus name I pray.