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RESPONDING TO PAIN Why do bad things happen to good people? A legitimate question as most answers seem feeble Difficult circumstances, harm and pain are often inflicted When righteous people struggle and sorrow so clearly depicted We need to begin understanding along with defining ‘righteousness’ Clearly it’s not those who live their lives with justice and goodness Fresh perspectives-- trials are not intentional things that befall us Reaction to pain should be trying--striving to manage without fuss When our love of God depends solely on what makes us feel good Faith becomes dependent on circumstances- evidently misunderstood

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  1. Date: 6/21/2013 9:49:00 AM
    great write KIm, superbly written pointing to true faith and how its worked out by living for God no mastter the circumstances. God bless, Gordon

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 12:49:00 PM
    Comfort is often mistaken as a friend rather an enemy. Too much comfort leads to a lack of caring. I remember reading a quote that said "Beautiful people don't just happen... they experience great trials, hardships, lived through rough circumstances"... I believe I'll have to favorite this one. Really encouraging words!

  1. Date: 6/7/2013 10:52:00 AM
    - Not easy to answer, but some are just unlucky ..... someone has just luck. - A very good poem, Kim. - Have a relaxed weekend! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)