A Critical Component

In the midst of emotional turmoil and pain, one key ingredient must be on one’s ongoing “to do” list throughout tragedy. Without this critical component, no sense of peace may ensue. Mistakes are made on all counts as one reels from the hardships of suffering. No one is immune from making errors that rage throughout the fires of affliction.

Through all the challenges of enduring and surviving a family tragedy, all the players involved need to look at one spiritual resource—forgiveness. Sometimes forgiveness is asked by the offender; another perpetrator sees no need to make amends. Whether motivated from active aggression, abandonment or ignorance, forgiveness is essential even if not requested by the offender.

Forgiveness is not easy. It takes prayer and communion with God: realizing as He is ready to forgive His followers so must we do the same with those personally violating us. By seeing Christ on the cross innocently bleeding for our sins, forgiveness, by faith, can happen.

It often takes time for the forgiving feelings to follow especially if the relationship continues to be strained. However, God honors the forgiving heart by extending His love and peace to us amidst the pain and suffering.

Addendum: After this recent post went online, a good friend called to remind me that for the believer forgiveness is not an option.  Check out Matthew 18:21-35…Thanks, Earl!


About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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2 Responses to A Critical Component

  1. Patti Hummel says:

    Martin, your heart for honesty and transparentcy is tender and moving. Every reader should be brought to a place of humility before God as they ponder your thoughts. Thank you for sharing deep and personal thoughts that also teach valuable lessons and offer hope. Bless you today, Patti

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