Friday, January 21, 2011

Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain

To tell the truth, I read this book for review over a year ago. Yet, I found the true meaning and purpose of this wonderful book by Dr. Meier and Dr. Henderson this year. Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain helped come to grips of life and living.
The authors discuss struggles that we all experience: Injustice, Rejection, Loneliness, Loss, Discipline, Failure, and Death.
The book shows how God’s love is there through all of our situations. He was there before we existed and He gave us all of the strength and power to get through anything and everything that comes our way. All we need to do is keep our eyes on Him. His guidance, His compassion, and His love are beyond understanding.
My mother has gone through brain surgery. Each of the above struggles entered my life like a landslide. My thoughts went towards negative thinking. It wasn’t fair when she didn’t recognize me. She could no longer walk, jog, or run like she used to do. This was the first year, mom didn’t make her favorite Christmas goodies for herself or the family. Did I contribute to her health problems? Did my parents deserve all of the medical bills in their late 70’s? No.
I reread this book. What a wonderful reminder that God had a purpose for all of us. Many lessons were learned and we found the strength in our family and friends. God is there.