Sometimes we may feel like our journey with grief has knocked us down so often we find it extremely difficult to get back up for lack of energy. A Japanese proverb, if I am not mistaken says, when life knocks you down seven times get up eight. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 it says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed, perplexed but not despairing, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed… ” That is the mentality of success when our life and its troubles seem not to quit, we cannot quit either from getting back up on our feet and living, loving and learning. A great illustration was said of Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears on this point. Someone remarked concerning him that he was at one time the leader in ground gainer in the league, gaining more than nine miles rushing in his career. And to think someone replied, that every 4.6 yards someone was knocking him down! That is life sometimes, we feel like some circumstances in our life keep knocking us down.  

   The point of the passage above as well as the proverb and the illustration is it does not matter how much life seems to knock us down, but that each time we get back up. Yes, life can be hard, sometimes very difficult, and appear very unfair. Children may die young, or we may experience multiple deaths in a short period of time, or perhaps a horrific crime is committed against a member of our family. Think of your own scenarios that might lead to the perception that you have been overwhelmed and overloaded with affliction, and you have been ‘knocked down’ frequently. You may not think it when it is happening, but you need the stamina to endure beyond what you may think you are capable. A support system is crucial and believing in yourself is equally important. This is Sunrise Aftercare, sunrise@sfdcares.com

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