Hope for Suffering

If you are suffering from stress, pain, worry, or grief, begin your day with five minutes of quiet,peaceful prayer and meditation. Prayer is where you talk to God and meditation is listening to God.  If you don’t know what to say or listen for, that’s okay too. Just find a quiet, private, secret place and spend just five minutes to expand the place in your heart and soul where peace lives.

Kevin Ott, in his book,“Shadowlands and Songs of Light,” shares the following: “Suffering and all its decorum—grief, anger, sadness, and loneliness—come together to build a secret place too. Suffering, whether we want it to or not, creates a veil of separation. It’s a quarantine zone that separates us from society because no one—no other person, angel or demon—has God’s ability to look into our mind,know our thoughts, and experience firsthand or suffering twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.”

When you choose to close a door in a private, peaceful, physical place of refuge, God will come in and fill the voids; those places in your soul which have been emptied or shut-down by pain and suffering. Be quiet, stay still for five minutes, focus on your breathing, and listen. You’ll soon find that five minutes will turn into ten, and you’ll crave the time alone in your private place. You may even start carving-out more than one five-minute segment a day to escape to your private place–a sanctuary, where you can be alone and start to heal.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

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