Spiritual Message

Life’s Tests and Trials

Greetings, my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.  May The Lord bless you and pour His grace upon you and your loved ones.

There are times we may wonder why The Lord would allow some of His children -- who are obviously physically or mentally challenged -- to be brought into the world.  This could also be true of those who become physically or mentally challenged at some point during their lifetime.  Why would He allow them to suffer through a life that is so far removed from normal and be so restrictive.  Even more puzzling is why He would allow these children to be such a burden to their families and loved ones.  Even to the point where they require constant care throughout their lifetime, which places unbelievable demands on their families and loved ones.

One could call these God’s tests, or trials, for those who are directly involved.  It is extremely important how the people who are involved in these types of situations respond to such challenges.  For we shall be judged on how we respond throughout our lives to such trials.

There is no doubt that it takes a special person to carry such a burden upon their shoulders.  And, you might say, they are the fortunate ones.  For their mission in life is clear . . . They are to love and care for those who are challenged.

There are many other types of trials that we might be exposed to throughout life, such as attending to a loved one who is terminally ill and unable to care for themself.  All of such a person’s being is centered upon caring for a loved one who has a limited time left on earth and to make sure that their remaining time will be as comfortable as possible.

Perhaps, we will look with a different view now upon those who are challenged and those who are their caregivers.  They are not to be pitied, but to be admired . . . As well as understood.  For they are responding as God would have them respond to their trials.

May The Lord bless you and your loved ones.

Your humble servant in Christ.

--Richard J. Ferris



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