No suffering is for naught in Christ

15th Station of the Cross uroburos posted on Pixabay 

This morning I was led to read a reflection by Joni Eareckson Tada on 50 years as a paraplegic (Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident). She spent the first part of her time after her accident trying to drown in her misery but God sent friends into her life who helped her see the blessings in the pain. Now, as a result of her surrender to God’s guidance, she has been the reason for multiple global ministries serving disabled people and pointing them to meaning through living for Christ.
Here is a quote from her reflection that really stood out to me, as someone who has lived through some quite painful circumstances:

Grace softens the edges of past pains, helping to highlight the eternal.

God takes the littlest of souls, like Joni and St. Therese of Lisieux, and accomplishes the grandest of things.

Lord, help me to remember that even though I am so far from perfection, You can instill compassion in me for Your suffering Mystical Body, the Church, and use me to accomplish great things! ~Amen

Published by diannespinoza

I am a middle school science teacher, mom of five boys and one girl, wife of one wonderful man since 1991. We live in Forest Grove, Oregon and I teach in Hillsboro at South Meadows Middle School. I am first of all a follower of Jesus, a lover of His Mama and striving to submit myself daily to the Father's Divine Will. Second of all I love my family and seek to serve my husband and children in the best ways possible. Finally, I am an enthusiastic integrator of blended classroom learning, with aspirations to teach my students how to read, write and speak competently about the Science concepts they are learning with an aim to their life-long flourishing.

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