Everything indeed has its time and purpose, even if we do not understand the reason or the meaning behind events in our lives. Life can be a beautiful experience, but it can also be a time of sorrow and tribulation. Earthly endeavors are abundant for us to enjoy and pursue, yet not all are lawful or healthy. Sometimes we can become our own worst enemy by the poor unhealthy choices we make and sometimes through no fault of our own we suffer as well. In either case we may wonder why such and such is happening to us. As there is a time for everything under heaven, ‘a season’ (for example a time to be born and a time to die, Ecclesiastes 3:2), so there is a purpose for everything and a time for these to be fulfilled in their proper order (Ecc 3:1-8).  Even healthy and lawful activities may become unhealthy and improper when used out of proper time and order. It is when we abuse the good earthly blessings provided us, that we may suffer because of our own poor choices. 

   We may not understand when for no apparent reason sorrow comes to us. Illness may come and is discovered quite by accident or death comes to a loved one sudden and unexpectedly and we wonder why, how? Then proclaim, I cannot handle this, I cannot cope or we stuff what is happening and pretend it did not happen. When this occurs we risk destroying ourselves from the inside and damaging our relationships around us. We should recognize we are not an island to ourselves and exist and succeed because of others support toward us just as we have supported others. This is the design and purpose of support groups. To support one another in our time of need. We need to acknowledge our need and the value of support in due season. This is Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@sfdcares.com.  

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