Many years ago there lived an individual who overcame much trial and tribulation in her young life. Illness struck her eyes at six weeks of age and in the consequence of events she became blind. At eight months old her father died. She was blessed to have a grandmother willing to train her while her young mother worked outside the home to provide. She grew up financially poor, and physically blind, yet she became not only a prolific writer in hymns and poetry, but extremely positive in mindset and outlook. At eight years old she penned these words, “Oh what a happy soul I am, although I cannot see! I am resolved that in this world contented I will be. How many blessings I enjoy that other people don’t. To weep and sigh because I’m blind I cannot and I won’t!” ~Fanny Jane Crosby.  How and why such joy!?  

   Another individual who shall remain nameless also knew hardship. She was the victim of an auto wreck committed by an individual without a license, with no insurance, and speeding that extinguished two lives and left a survivor with head fracture in several places, back, leg, and pelvis injuries, leaving a long and worrisome journey of healing. Many hours were spent wondering if the individual would survive as their life hung precariously in the balance. No time was given toward ill will directed at the other driver. These lessons were shared at the experience. Suffering keeps the world from being too attractive, we look for a better place.  Suffering brings out our best, a common bond brings people together. Suffering reminds us how we need God, Isaiah 54:5. This is Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@sfdcares.com.   

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