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Redemptive suffering, what a concept so foreign to our culture. Our culture’s response to suffering is to get rid of it by whatever means possible. Our culture says that even killing and death is better than suffering. How can that be though? When life is full of opportunity? What opportunity does death offer? An end to suffering? We don’t know that. 

Choosing to select death also eliminates the possibility of miracles. They happen every day. How do you know for sure that your suffering won’t be cured or at least improved or at least that something good can come from it? Abortion, euthanasia, and many other moral issues of our day and time do not take into account redemptive suffering. That is that even through difficulty there is hope and that even through difficulty God can bring good out of it. Every single human being has innate dignity because they are made in the image and likeness of God. Despite your circumstances, your life and the life of others is worth fighting for.

Have you ever asked how a good God could let bad things happen? Where is God in the midst of suffering? Is there any hope left for me? 

Caitie Crowley was in a traumatic car accident on her way home from work and almost lost her life. She couldn’t walk for 10 months. She took that time to write about her experiences and how her faith in God carried her through her pain. Her book, “Stepping Up!: How Christ Turned My Pain & Suffering into Hope & Joy,” takes the reader through Caitie’s physical struggle of learning to walk again and her interior struggle of learning to walk with God through the cross. Through Him, you can find hope when it appears hopeless.

Just because someone can’t walk, doesn’t mean that they don’t have value. Just because someone is suffering, doesn’t mean that they don’t have value. Perhaps, you are a young professional like Caitie. Perhaps, you are an elderly person. Perhaps, you are an unwed mother. God can meet you where you are at. It doesn’t matter if you are unemployed, recently dumped, or unable to care for a child or for yourself. God will provide. It may not be clear to you now, but He will. 

Are there people who will judge you? Yes. Are there people who will be difficult? Yes. But are there people who want to help you? Yes. Perhaps, you just haven’t met them yet. So, before you give up hope and say you can’t or you can’t any longer. I ask you to reconsider. I ask you to invite God into your suffering and say: Jesus, I trust in You. I can’t do this, but you can. Give Him a chance to help you step up and see what happens. 

Step up to being pro-life. Step up when suffering comes to your step. Step up and see just who you may find.

To find out more information or order Caitie Crowley’s book, click HERE.

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