SUFFERING CAN MAKE YOU BETTER OR IT CAN MAKE YOU BITTER!
Hi! I’m Kathy Seidlitz.
Welcome to my two new parallel projects. “Transforming Suffering” looks at how suffering can raise us to a new level of awareness, thinking, compassion, understanding, spirituality and most importantly LOVE. As I was using “All the Prayers of Paul” for my privateI devotional time, I discovered that his prayers fit in very nicely with how suffering is redemptive and transforming.
Redemptive suffering is when you go through a problem or pain for the benefit of others. Transforming suffering gets you out of focusing on your own suffering to actually using it to change the world. So, we will look at Paul’s journey as well as my own.
Four categories of prayer jumped out at me as I was studying the Apostle Paul’s prayers.
THERE IS A PATTERN OF PRAYER. . .
1) Simple things: like the desire to go see people he loves, bringing his cloak, and for people to get along with each other.
2) Relationship with God: Straying from God, getting closer to God, tools to have a better relationship with God, and evangelism – people coming to know God through Jesus.
3) Abstract things: Internal mental and spiritual things such as being happy in hope, being patient in tribulation and constant in prayer.
4) Big picture: Paul prays for us to get the big picture. This is a top down view from God’s viewpoint, eternity.
We will see the Apostle Paul’s prayers fall into these catagories often as we delve into how suffering affected his life and transformed him.
I have several very serious medical conditions. Polymyositis is a weakening of my skeletal muscles caused by inflammation. It has weakened my lung muscles to the point that a few weeks ago I was transferred by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital because I quit breathing. They gave me 1000ml of Prednisone infusion every day for 5 days. Now I will receive a home infusion every three weeks. I also have a heart problem called diastolic heart dysfunction. Basically, that is a hardening of the bottom portion of my heart. Too much prednisone could throw me into heart failure.
I share these things so that you will understand what I am going through as I go through it. Also I want you to know that this is not an academic exercise. My hope is that you will find help and hope in whatever you are suffering whether sickness, financial, marital, loss if a loved one, mental illness, or whatever your suffering may be.
Thank you for joining me on this journey!
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