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“So We’ll Choose the Way
of Trust and Joy Instead.”

Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner

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Posted By:Piercentire, 5/10/2014 5:02:43 AM

In a fascinating interview with Charlie Rose, David Brooks–who is now teaching moral philosophy at Yale–spoke, among many other topics, about Viktor Frankl, the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor. Dr. Frankl, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, deals with the fact that he was living a life he didn’t plan for. Living in a concentration camp obviously isn’t what he hoped for. The crucial question became not what Frankl wanted out of life; it was what he would do with the hand he had been dealt.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cooling Saucer, 5/10/2014 6:58:16 AM     (No. 9843198)

What a beautiful piece -- something to save and pass on to children. Thank you so much for posting.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 5/10/2014 8:29:49 AM     (No. 9843268)

Very, very nice.

...often we find ourselves somewhere else than we ever imagined and that God can weave good even out of places of brokenness and pain; that we need to live our lives in light of eternity; and that while we may not understand what God is doing, hope comes when we cling to the One who holds the future.

Many people who don´t understand we "bitter clingers" think we are bitter. They also think that for us, God is a crutch in times of pain and suffering. No. God is not a crutch; He is life-support throughout the time we believe in Him, the good times, too, recognizing that all good things come from His hand and His will.

As an ex-Atheist who saw the Light late in life for no reason other than God saw fit to choose me for salvation in His own timing, I can readily understand Steve and his wife´s attitude: With the assurance of the heavenly place Steve will go to be in the presence of God Himself, there is nothing to fear.

Some good biblical quotes in the article. I´d add one more from Romans 8:18 -- "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." That was written by Paul, who physically suffered his entire life after becoming God ambassador. But at no time did Paul lose track of the fact that his earthly life was a dress rehearsal for the real thing, and so he persevered with the peace of God within his spirit.

The calm and peace Steve and Sharol are experiencing come only from God, whom they know is with them every step of the way now and later.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rinktum, 5/10/2014 9:33:40 AM     (No. 9843335)

#2, beautifully stated. There are no posters like LDotter posters. Am so proud to be among you.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/10/2014 10:42:27 AM     (No. 9843416)

My closest friend of many, many decades (we pretty much raised our children together - and each other as well) informed me a few weeks ago that her dear husband had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, with a prognosis of months rather than years. And just a few months.

They have chosen "the way of trust and joy". Their prayers and ours comfort them along this journey they never planned to take.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 5/10/2014 11:06:08 AM     (No. 9843446)

Sometimes life takes a turn that we never expected, and it is a true blessing to have God´s comfort and presence during the time of trial.

My husband is finding this out being caregiver to his dad who has the big A. It is just heartbreaking to witness this wonderful man´s memory dissolving bit by bit each and every day. We are hoping that Dad will have a come to Jesus moment and find some comfort during this trial. It has been really hard on him to lose the ability to care for not only himself, but his lovely wife too.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 5/10/2014 12:49:45 PM     (No. 9843600)

FTA "...we need to live our lives in light of eternity; and that while we may not understand what God is doing, hope comes when we cling to the One who holds the future." Amen!

After cancer surgery as an outpatient, I was admitted through the ER the next day with pain worse than childbirth... due to an infection. These 12 days hospitalized and hurting so gave me time to pray, seek God´s face, and do my homework about chemo which my oncologist wanted me to start immediately... God gave me no peace about the chemo... I found a new specialist from UCLA and The Center for New Medicine.

His daily joy guides and sustains me!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Shells, 5/10/2014 1:47:20 PM     (No. 9843662)

Thank you for posting this.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 5/10/2014 2:41:46 PM     (No. 9843726)

Our society has chosen the distractions of the devil over living an authentic life in a dynamic relationship with Our Creator God. The culture of death spreads nihilism and hedonism to numb the fear of personal pain and suffering by glorifying violence, indiscriminate killing, and unreproductive sex. Everything counter to God’s Plan for humanity.

Satan’s great lie is that it is possible to do what you want when you want, to pander to your passions, and to live free from responsibility to yourself or others without any adverse consequences. When the just consequences from actions occur, satan whispers to those caught in his trap, “Its all their fault for not loving you unconditionally.” And, the poor souls continue to struggle against bonds that tighten at every turn.

A life devoid of injury, illness, and suffering is impossible. It is a fact of the human condition, and an aspect of humanity that was embraced by Jesus Christ, Who through His Passion displayed for us the redemptive power of suffering. From the cross He cried out, “I thirst,” for He thirsted for souls and He thirsted for us to join Him in redemption. The good thief, Dismas, gained Paradise because he recognized Our King and accepted his personal suffering as just. Our Master never promised a life without suffering, but He promised that in times of trial we would feel God’s power and grow in holiness and grace if we unite our suffering with His upon the cross. Injury, illness, loss and suffering can be the moments of our greatest spiritual growth and understanding as we allow God to work His will for us. Death is our gateway to eternal life. It is not feared by His Flock, only by those foolishly believe this earthly life is all there is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: balogreene, 5/10/2014 3:45:01 PM     (No. 9843773)

I must re-read Dr. Frankl´s book. It was that book, along with my faith that made me realize what Paul said about "being content in all things". And while sometimes those things seem horrendous, staying content, knowing you are in G-d´s place gets you through it.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TheMom, 5/10/2014 7:24:22 PM     (No. 9843963)

My Dad passed from this earth yesterday, apparently in peace. We miss him very much. He suffered in the past few years, but mostly he didn´t say much about it except when the pain got to be too much for him. People now say we´re being brave about our loss. But it was way more painful to watch him fade. Thanks for posting. This article warms my heart. God bless you.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: thewarden, 5/10/2014 11:10:13 PM     (No. 9844110)

My deepest sympathies, #10. Same for me with my Dad back in 2009. Watching someone suffer so much, yet rarely complain, is a lesson I will not forget. He showed me how to go in faith, and love. Remarkable. I would have done anything to ease his pain--it was heartbreaking. I hope I have his strength and faith when my time comes.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 5/10/2014 11:53:32 PM     (No. 9844134)

Forgive the second post.

#10, #11 - Same with my Dad in 1995. He was a practicing Catholic his own life, but struggled with sin as do we all. In his last six months he taught me more about Faith and the love of God than I´ve ever learned in such a short time. As his physical self faded his soul increased. He had the "happy death". After his funeral we found dozens of pain pills stuffed between the cushions of his chair.

I sometimes have dream-visits from him. The most recent, and the first in years, was on Holy Saturday. I hope you get dream-visits from your Dad.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: hereIstand, 5/11/2014 1:10:20 AM     (No. 9844170)

Our beloved daughter has triple-negative breast cancer, diagnosed 15 months ago. She´s had a double mastectomy and rounds of chemo and radiation. This wretched disease has now spread to her lymph nodes and lungs. She is 49, happily married, with two precious boys, 12 and 14. Doctors say it is terminal, probably within this year.

The shock for all of us has been tremendous. I am trying to find my way through the grief. However, there have been moments, sometimes even weeks, where a sense of the divine has surrounded us and I am astonished to feel peace. It is like a physical presence and I imagine being comforted in great loving arms. My husband experienced it along with me. He said a band of pain that had stretched across his chest from hours of crying had suddenly lifted and he felt the same peaceful presence.

We never cease from praying for her, for a miracle of healing. Whether or not God chooses to do so is his business. There is no place else for us to go but onto our knees. That is my task. I am choosing to trust in Him and even though "weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning". Psalm 30:5

A miracle of peace.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 5/11/2014 1:36:57 AM     (No. 9844182)

Prayers for your "closest friend" and her husband, #4, May Our God draw them closer to each other, to you, and Him, in comfort and Love...

And to those who recently lost their Dear Dads, as I have... How we treasure him still and the so many things he taught us and so many wonderful memories we treasure... And our Moms too of course, this special Sunday...

Draw nearer to those you love this year... Let´s make a conscious effort to put our smart phones down and actually be together... How blessed I was this morning to walk our OC Pacific surf with Daughter #2 and our pups... You can´t buy that at the mall...

Continued eventide prayers for Miss Lucianne, her team, and above LDotters and friends... And Mother´s Day love and hugs!

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