My friend Kevin the wise man visited me and he had some good things to say about . . . wait for it . . . bad times. In this report, I have dotted out some of his words, so that you will read the message without making any hasty value judgements about the source.
We in America have been seduced into this life of seeking personal pleasure and avoiding any form of suffering. Too many claim the crown . . . while avoiding any cr*ss . . . The prosperity preachers and false prophets of our day have only reinforced this seduction and continue to lead others down the broad road to destruction.
The carnal nature of worldly man lives a life that is built around the pursuit of pleasure and the avoidance of pain and suffering. As followers . . , our lives are not to be focused on the pursuit of pleasure or the avoidance of pain. Our lives are to be focused on fulfilling . . . and . . . purposes while we are yet here in this life.
The suffering that is brought into our lives comes in many different forms. There is physical pain and suffering, that appears as an attack on our health and well-being. We experience suffering when this type of hardship hits those whom we love and are close to. (This ain’t no walk in the park , bubby . . . ed.) Broken relationships, betrayals, failures, family issues, the physical death of loved ones, inner struggles etc. can all lead to suffering. There can be times of hardship and stress. Then there are the . . . (expected) times of persecution, which will include suffering as well.
There is also the suffering we bring upon ourselves through our own . . .(screwups) or through our own poor choices. The message presented here does not focus on that type of suffering, which requires a message of its own that would focus primarily on our need to ——————. The message here focuses more on the sufferings that we do not understand or that which seem unwarranted and undeserved. It is during these types of suffering that we need to embrace, trust and glorify our . . . throughout.
“Let us not become weary in doing . . . for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (found in an old book I purchased for a buck at a going-out of business sale. ed.)
This message on suffering is also speaking into the current issues with the world-wide covid-19 pandemic, and where do we turn to for comfort, answers and understanding. May we all come to a healthy . . . understanding of any sufferings we may face in this life, even when they may seem so incomprehensible at times.
—————— yourselves, therefore under . . .’s mighty hand, that . . . may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on . . . because . . . cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the . . . prowls around like a roaring ex-president looking for someone to take advantage of. Resist him, stand firm in the . . . because you know that the family of . . . throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
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