07 November 2009

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Blog!

My Chocolate Heart was born one year ago today.

My, how time flies.

This is the post that started it all:

I have struggled greatly with the reality of suffering as it relates to God. How can He allow it, why doesn't He help, why doesn't He protect, etc. This is a big hurdle for me in my faith life, but recently I've been able to make some small steps toward understanding...toward God rather than away from Him. This is only by grace, and I'm thankful for it.

I owe much to author Peter Kreeft and his book on the subject. Absolutely wonderful, and the best I've ever read. (Thanks, Beth.)

Today I also read a snippet of C.S. Lewis on the topic and he had something very revealing and provocative to say. "Indignation at others' sufferings, though a generous passion, needs to be well managed lest it steal away patience and humanity from those who suffer and plant anger and cynicism in their stead." Wow...

Truth is, I don't know what real suffering is. My life at this moment is practically perfect. My children are all healthy and whole, my husband is alive and home (no small thing for an Army wife to say these days), we have a home, food to eat, people who love us, and we are free.

I have friends who know real suffering... a seriously ill or disabled child, becoming a widow at 34 raising two young kids thanks to terrorists in Iraq...

these women live with suffering each day. I think the greatest show of respect I can offer them is to humbly acknowledge that I haven't a clue what real suffering is. If my day should ever come, I will have to ask them how it's done.

And in the meantime, I'll take a hint from Lewis and try not to rob them of the grace and blessing God wants to accomplish in their lives through their suffering. Yes, God uses every moment of our suffering and pain for glory...for holiness...for reconciliation...for peace. I believe that now. Nothing is wasted by our awesome God. And death does not have the last word.


Anne said...

Happy Birthday to your blog! I love it, it was one of my first favorites! Keep it up!

Sarah - Kala said...

It was a good post to begin your blog with, and, a great one to commemorate it's first year birthday. Congrats and keep up the good fight!!

Homeschoolmum4Christ said...

Happy first birthday to your blog, Jennifer!

Mary333 said...

Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary and may you have many more! I enjoyed reading your first post:)

Aussie Therese said...

congratulations. Looking forward to many more years of reading your blog.

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Dirtdartwife said...

Happy birthogday! Great blog, thoughtful, heartfelt posts that are good soulful reading.

May God continue to bless you with your writing and sharing that blessing with us! We are very privileged to have such a writer to read that brings joy amongst the misery.


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