The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Life is difficult!

Over the years I have spent a lot of time with people whose lives have never been easy. Their lives have been marked with tragedy, death, reversals of all kinds, pain and suffering. Yet through it all, they have not forgotten their God. They lived these words written about 3,000 years ago:

Bless our God, O peoples!
      Give him a thunderous welcome!
   Didn't he set us on the road to life?
      Didn't he keep us out of the ditch?
   He trained us first,
      passed us like silver through refining fires,
   Brought us into hardscrabble country,
      pushed us to our very limit,
   Road-tested us inside and out,
      took us to hell and back;
   Finally he brought us
      to this well-watered place. – Psalm 66:8-12 (The Message)

Scott Peck was correct when he wrote these three words at the beginning of his best-seller, The Road Less Traveled, “Life is difficult.” We may feel like we have been to hell and back, yet, the journey is not ended. We will come to the place of where we will experience Shalom, the place of peace, contentment, fulfillment, and abundance. Do not be discouraged today. – Ron Friesen

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