Christian Faith and Suffering
Sick faith demands during prayer, while a healthy faith understands that God’s will overcomes all our wants and desires. Even at the price of ill health, one must submit one’s will to God. While atheists or agnostics may mock this and question one’s faith in God over such ills, the Christian remains faithful as Job, or as accepting as Jesus and Mary as they sacrificed their family life for the sake of the world. The story below emphasizes how Christian Faith faces suffering and grief.
From CNN Health, Elizabeth Cohen talks about the faith of a family enduring a grief sticken event of their daughter and her fight for surival in “Family Encounters Flesh-Eating Bacetia With Faith”
In the four weeks since his daughter cut her leg in the Tallapoosa River, Andy Copeland has experienced several low points. But nothing was as desperate as a moment in the surgical waiting room on May 4.
A doctor called from the operating room at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Georgia, where his daughter was having surgery.
“When your daughter arrived, I was trying to save her leg,” the doctor said. “Now I’m trying to save her life.'”
Copeland felt his legs turn to rubber. His head went light. A hospital volunteer put a chair beneath him that caught him from falling. His wife, Donna, came into the room, and Andy repeated what the surgeon had told him.
“We cried and cried in each other’s arms,” Copeland recalled. “We sobbed uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Then the chaplain came in and I grabbed his hand and I said, ‘Let’s pray.’ ”
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The beauty of one’s Christian faith over suffering and grief is inspiring to everyone and can become a beacon of light for those who are loss in the darkness of despair.
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Mark Moran, MA, GC-C, SCC-C