Suffering in a family

When it came to the Biblical character of Job, he lost a lot of his possessions, health and family members/relatives that he got angry at God at some point and bear in mind, he’s the best known sufferer but not the only one to suffer. Jesus suffered for our sins when he died, King David made a mistake and lost his wife’s child.

It’s like if you lost your husband to cancer and child to AIDS, bear in mind Job has been there through the suffering of the loss of his children and wealth. Job lost his children, wealth and possessions that for all his prior successes, they didn’t last long and he endured it.

Imagine if God has the power to make you endure the loss of a child and husband that it’s like what Job went through, that you know you will confront a lot of suffering in your marriage to Paul. He knows your sorrows, that he’s in charge of everything.

God can make you go through the loss of a child and husband, that it’s in his power to handle things for you.

What my grandmother taught me

My grandmother sang church hymns to me, where I listened to things like ‘Have Thine Own Way’, ‘Onward Christian Seniors’ and ‘Trust and Obey’ she said that when the coronavirus ends we can go to church together. She said that I should pray for a dying person to go to Heaven, that when they die they’ll be freed from suffering on earth when they get to Heaven.

She said to me Bible verses where in Amos 5: 14-15 it says ‘make your aim to do what’s right, not to do what’s evil so that you may live. You hate what’s evil, love what’s right and see that justice prevails.’ And then, Joel 2:13 it says come back to the Lord your God, he is kind and full of mercy, he’s patient and keeps his promises, he’s always ready to forgive and not to punish.

Earlier still, she said to me about the eight beatitudes where it goes blessed are the pure in spirit for they’ll be called children of God, blessed are the meek for they’ll inherit the earth, blessed are the merciful for they’ll receive mercy, blessed are those who mourn for they’ll be comforted, blessed are those who’re poor in spirit because there’s the Kingdom of Heaven, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven, blessed are those who’re persecuted and suffer for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven and blessed are those who’re peacemakers because they’ll be called children of God.

She was explaining to me that Christians have to endure suffering in their lives, that they’ll be comforted whenever they lose something or somebody as God’s there with them, those who thirst for righteousness seek God’s knowledge and understanding and those who’re persecuted will be rewarded the Kingdom of Heaven.

She also said to me what whenever people sin, God doesn’t exactly punish them but rather reminds them of what they’ve done is wrong and why he’s there with us in the suffering that brings blessings afterwards, I’m not yet through with writing this as Lola said that love’s not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable. Love is patient and kind, love’s not jealous or conceited or proud. Love doesn’t keep a record of wrongs, love’s not happy with evil but happy with truth. Love never gives up and is faith, hope and patience never fails.

She said that the best use of life is love, the best use of love’s time and the use of time’s now as well as me writing down what Lola said, right down to writing down the names of the 7 helpers (Stephen who got persecuted, Nicanor, Nicolotas, Timon, Prochorus, Parmenas and Philip who met a eunuch).

She said that psalms are a collection of hymns and prayers where it says happy are those who reject the advice of evil, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead they found joy in obeying the law of the Lord and they study it day and night they are like trees that grow beside streams, bear fruit at the right time, leaves don’t dry up and succeed at what they do.

Then she said about John Wesley’s motto, the man who founded the Methodist church, where I recall: do all the good you can, do all the means you can, do all the ways you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, all the times you can, to all the people you can and as long as you ever can.

We also watched a sermon that taught me to trust God in hard times, Lola’s telling me not to cry and worry for it’ll bring me closer to the Devil and Noah trusted God in hard times where he got persecuted by people but persisted in building a boat with his family that stores all the animals there and then they sailed as the flood stopped, God remembered his promise to end the flood for good.

And she also said that my father used to be religious but now he doesn’t go to church often, too focused with his work whereas his brother and sister still regularly go to church. She also said that I’m blessed with the food she, my other grandmother and grandfather give to us (the latter from the mountains), that me and my father are blessed with intelligence and the ability to write that I should be thankful for.

I will always thank Lola for bringing me closer to God, where she said that if the dead repents of their sins they’ll go to Heaven where they’ll no longer be in pain.

Redeeming the enemy

As it is in the Bible, it’s a virtue but also hard to do when it comes to dealing with bad feelings towards them that even when sympathetic or respectful, it’s still not easy. Caitlin Snow does bad things as a werewolf, but Barry Allen tries to be kind to her knowing she can’t help it.

Barry does redeem her in time, having her hunt vermin without bothering people like he does know she can’t stop it and even gets her forgiven for the things she did to him before. Or with God redeeming people, knowing they too can’t help it so he tries to be kind to us as always.

It’s not easy being kind to people, let alone redeeming them but it’s a good thing to do.

The power of forgiveness

To give you how powerful forgiveness is in the Bible, this is if Caitlin Snow does bad things as a werewolf but she gets forgiven by Barry Allen who’s kind enough to allow her to hunt rats without bothering anybody. God does forgive people, show his mercy like what Barry does to her.

The power of forgiveness’s always there, whether if it’s God forgiving people and then blessing them a lot or Barry Allen giving his blessing to Caitlin Snow to hunt rats and mice without disturbing people as he’s forgiven her for what she did to him before.

The difficulty of forgiveness

Though forgiving your enemy’s there in the Bible, it’s also a hard process at that when it comes to dealing with what your enemy does can sometimes bother you and wear your patience down that it’s going to be this hard forgiving and loving them unconditionally.

Caitlin Snow does things what Barry Allen doesn’t like, as a werewolf she wants to get away with hunting animals but Barry Allen does forgive her for what she did to his pets and is merciful enough to give her an outlet for her prey drive as a professional huntress, the best he does for her.

Loving and forgiving the enemy isn’t easy, but like what Barry does to her it can be accomplished and done as it is in the Bible.

Loving the enemy

It’s hard to love somebody you don’t love or like, or tolerate in any form where this is like Barry Allen dealing with Caitlin Snow’s werewolf antics but as in the Bible he does try to tolerate and respect her even though she bothers him he tries to love her as he does with Iris West.

Even if Caitlin Snow does a lot of stupid stuff as a werewolf, Barry Allen tries to be patient with her knowing she can’t help it and he tries to be as kind to her as possible, knowing she can’t help hunt animals Barry’s there to make her hunt rats as to do what she likes.

Loving the enemy’s hard, but Barry Allen does what the Bible tells us that when the enemy’s suffering and dying, care for them like what Barry does with Caitlin’s prey drive.

Mr Solomon

Panels 1-8: Solomon gets alerted by somebody of two women fighting over a child whom they grab and take away from each other.

Jeff: Solomon, Solomon.

Solomon: What is it Jeff?

Jeff: Two women are fighting over a boy.

Solomon: Then I’ll stop.

[Solomon comes to the two women]

Alice: He’s mine, Jane, not yours.

Jane [takes the baby away from her]: No he’s mine, he’s my son Alice.

Solomon: Can you stop fighting you too. [Pushes them away from each other] Can you stop already?

Panels 9-12: The women begin caring for the boy, where Alice cleans the boy as Jane gives him a diaper to wear.

Alice: Thanks, Jane.

Jane: Welcome, Alice.

Heroic death

The stories of Samson and to some extent, Jesus parallel each other in that they died to save more lives where Samson died whilst lifting something to save his people and Jesus died to take their vices with him. Death can even be used to spare somebody from further evil, where say God allows your husband to die should you stumble upon something he hates to spare him from your evil.

That’s what I read and knew God will take away somebody or something if I did wrong, so I know my boyfriend will die, if God allows him to die then he’s fulfilling this promise I had with him when it comes to coping with his death from AIDS. Not to mention he can use my mistakes to allow him to die earlier, should it be the consequence of my action that he can take him away from me.

Death’s not necessarily bad

When somebody or something dies, it’s not necessarily always a bad thing that they die that either God allows them to die to spare them from evil or to die to spare you from further troubles that it happens either way and in death they find peace and happiness away from the trials they face in their short lives.

There’s the death positive movement which allows people to contemplate on death, not necessarily in a suicidal manner but rather to accept it as a natural process in the cycle of life. Time to eat, time to fast and time to live, time to die. God does allow death to happen to spare lives from either sin or further problems, in death they find peace.

Dealing with suffering

When it comes to suffering, it’s as if God wants you to confront the loss of a child and husband to AIDS knowing they’ll not last long. Likewise Job had to confront his illness just as David had to confront the loss of a child, they’ve done wrong and lost almost everything.

You lose a spouse to AIDS, he dies soon because you looked up on the things he hates the most (like cats and dogs for instance), that his death’s something you should confront early on in your relationship that he’s going to suffer real soon that you have to deal with it.