When the darker moments in life seem to define us, do we ask the Lord for the strength and patience to press on or do we become a slave to the circumstances we have been dealt? When we see pain and suffering in the world, how often do we challenge our faith by asking how such a loving God could allow it? And in response, how many times have you heard this? The Lord works in mysterious ways …OR…The Lord never gives us more than we can handle. All true, but not much comfort or confirmation when our heart is heavy. When we see pain and suffering, it is our nature to feel compassion, and that is what God wants from us…to be compassionate and to trust that his will is being served, even though we may not see it or even understand it. That compassion is motivated by suffering and it can bring out the best or the worst in us. We are faced with a choice to look away or to reach out… a choice to let it control our attitude or to inspire us to do more. How many are inspired to do good and make this world a better place simply by their observations or knowledge of the suffering of others? How many people take up a cause for good because they see the suffering of others? Every day is a challenge to try and make sense of the things we don’t understand. So when all of your world comes crashing down and you ask yourself…Why me? Remember, God knows the end of the story.