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Valerie’s Weekend Wisdom: He Knows

Happy Sunday!

This video was suggested by my friend and fellow widow Valerie. May it bring you comfort and joy today and every day.

Thank you, Valerie!

 

 

He Knows

By Jeremy Camp

All the bitter weary ways
Endless striving day by day
You barely have the strength to pray
In the valley low

And how hard your fight has been
How deep the pain within
Wounds that no one else has seen
Hurts too much to show

All the doubt you’re standing in between
And all the weight that brings you to your knees

He knows
He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows
He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the one
Who knows
He knows

We may faint and we may sink
Feel the pain and near the brink
But the dark begins to shrink
When you find the one who knows

The chains of doubt that held you in between
One by one are starting to break free

He knows
He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows
He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the one
Who knows
He knows

Every time that you feel forsaken
Every time that you feel alone
He is near to the brokenhearted
Every tear
He knows

He knows
Every hurt and every sting
He has walked the suffering
He knows
He knows
Let your burdens come undone
Lift your eyes up to the one
Who knows
He knows
He knows
He knows

Songwriters: Jeremy Camp
© Universal Music Publishing Group
For non-commercial use only.

Why Is There Pain and Suffering?

I am writing this to explain as simply as possible why we experience pain and suffering.  There are readers out there who do not understand why, so I felt the need to write this post and what better time to do it than during holy week.

Not Plan A

Pain and suffering was not God’s original plan for us.  His original plan was for us to live in relationship with him.  There was beautiful, luscious garden and all Adam and Eve had to do was to work and care for it.  They even ran around butt-naked without being self-conscious.

1 Thing

There was only one thing they could not do:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Genesis 2:16

If they were given a list of 100, 500 or 1,000 things they could not do, I could understand them making a mistake.

But they only had 1 thing they could not do and they still messed up.

Because they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin and death entered this world.  That is why there is pain and suffering.

To Be Continued

Pain and suffering will continue until God decides to fix the situation – in His time.

Writing Through Pain

Wedding Anniversary #18 would have been this Sunday. 

This fact started beating up my mental self this past Sunday.  I went to an art show at an outdoor mall and stopped at a restaurant on the way home.  While eating my burger, I started to get teary-eyed.  It was all I could do to finish my burger, lemonade, pay the bill and get out of there. 

Three Years

It has been three years since Joe moved to heaven and it upsets me that our anniversary is affecting me in such a painful way.  In my opinion I should just feel a little sad instead of all this pain.

Hopefully getting these thoughts and feelings down on paper will help me deal with pain, loneliness and a longing for the little things.

It’s Back 

Yes, the longing for the little things such as hand holding, the good night kiss, and cuddling while watching movies together is back.   The intensity of the longing after three years amazes me.  

Good Things

Life has not been all bad this week.  There have been several good things happen:

  • We had a good discussion today at the local job seekers group. 
  • My on-line career chat friends and I had good discussions Monday & today.
  • A good friend emailed me that Monday’s slideshow put a big grin on his face. 
  • I mailed out a few thank you cards to show my appreciation to people that have impacted my life.

There Is Always Hope

Hope that the rest of the week will be filled with numerous good things.

May the remainder of your week also be filled with good things and joyous people with whom you can share those things.

Next?

Next?

While attempting to deal with sudden death and the pain it left, I wondered if/how I would be able to put my life back together.  What would my new life be like without my best friend, mechanic, computer geek, and resume writer?  I had dealt with tough challenges and other deaths before, but how could I survive this?  I learned to take it one day at a time and deal with whatever happened that day.  It was not an easy thing to learn but it was necessary. 

While I was taking it day by day, God was implementing his plan for my new life in baby steps.  His efforts have resulted in a mostly new me (still have the same weird sense of humor) who once again finds herself a passenger on a high-speed elevated train heading in a new direction. 

Only God knows where this track will lead and the adventures I will meet along the way.

The Pain Sudden Death Inflicts

The Pain Sudden Death Inflicts

Describing the pain left behind by sudden death is not much easier  than describing the impact, but here is the analogy I use.  It’s like death took your heart and put it in a mortar and then uses the pestle to grind it up.  The grinding goes on 24/7 and the real kicker is that no matter how much grinding death does, your heart is like a jawbreaker (a.k.a.  never- ending gobstopper),  it never gets any smaller. 

No amount of over the counter or prescription drugs takes away the pain.  You might get drowsy and fall asleep from the drugs but the pain is there immediately upon awakening. 

The grinding and the pain stay with you through out the day. 

Eventually both will lessen but it is going to take a long time before you feel relief.