This year has been an exceptionally hard year for everyone worldwide. So many people have their own worries, stresses and strains to cope with in normal everyday life, but add a deadly virus on top of that which takes you away from family, friends and normal everyday life, then how much worse those troubles are.
Anything we’d usually do that helps take our mind off worries and troubles for a while has often been denied us this year. This is why it is more important than ever to be kind to ourselves and to all others around us.
Life has a habit of throwing many things our way that can be very hard. Some of us suffer far more than others and have very hard lives in every way possible. Others have just a few troubles and worries here and there, but each worry, each spot of upset, stress and bother puts a strain on our mental and physical bodies.
To us as individuals, our worries/troubles are are just as great as another person’s. It doesn’t matter if your worry is one small thing or lots of major things, each person struggles with what is in their own life. Covid has magnified these worries a hundredfold in some cases.
This year has been a particularly hard one again for my family. In fact, the last few years have been and it has been very hard to keep faith. It has been the hardest of times and still is. I have found it very difficult to write my blog posts, keep updating my pages and write more books for a while now due to everything going around in my mind of personal matters.
That doesn’t mean I’ve lost my faith due to all that’s happening, I haven’t, but it has been tested badly and still is being. The whole family are feeling the same, but we are accepting God knows why so much sadness has been in our lives without ceasing. We still pray daily and have trust, but there are some days that trust and faith has a wobble because we are human and suffer human emotions and doubts.
It is hard to sit and watch those you love suffering, struggling and trying hard to be brave when there is nothing you can do for them. To have to see all of this during Covid has been so much harder as people have to stay away from each other.
We are not alone, many families are going through the same as we are or have other struggles which test one’s faith. This is when we find out who really does trust in God and who doesn’t. How easy it is to have hope, trust and faith when life is plain sailing, we’re happy or there is just an odd thing here and there to go through.
When one bad or sad thing follows another, then another and another constantly with all other things happening at the same time for several years, it is hard to accept what is happening and stay strong. Very hard indeed. One eventually questions why so much is happening and where God is in all the prayers that are said. It’s when we feel so abandoned in hope that our faith is sorely tested. It is hard, so hard to keep that faith and trust in God at times.
As a family, we are lucky our faith is strong, but how much more can happen to one family and how much longer can that faith survive intact? Then I think of Job and all he suffered and went through. His patience, trust, hope and faith were what we all need to look at and use as our inspiration.
We look at Jesus and all He suffered and went through knowing His Mother and Father (both earthly and heavenly fathers), had to stand by and were unable to do anything except be there for Him as things had to take their course. This is what has to happen in our lives too.
2020 has been another very hard year, but this time, it has affected every person in the world in one way or another. It is a year we would all do well to sit back and reflect on. Look at changes it has brought to many of us. Some bad others good. Some changes were of our making due to how we reacted to such changes, others were out of our control.
I’m hoping those who have a new found sense of compassion, caring, kindness and love for others, animals and the planet due to this pandemic allow those changes to stay with them. Use this year as something to look back and reflect on. Look how at the start materialism, greed and selfishness saw a decline as better qualities came to the forefront with many.
Light once again shone brighly in our world overshadowing the darkness we’ve seen for so long now. Sadly, it never lasted very long, but it did with some people and this can be built on. Their light is what gives the rest of us hope we will get through this hard time we’re all going through. That and other things life throws at us in the future can be overcome if we remain strong in our faith and love for God while placing our trust in Him.
No matter what we have suffered as individuals or as families, let us take heart and have hope in our hearts. Let us go into 2021 with love for one another, care for each other, having only compassion and kindness in our hearts. If this year has taught us anything, it is that without love, without kindness, without God we are nothing. Nothing is in our control as regards our destiny or the world we live in. It is out of our hands and all the money in the world cannot change a thing.
God does not do bad things, but He does allow things to happen in life for us to learn and grow from. Remember, Satan too exists and tries hard to disrupt our lives in any way he can. It is trials that help us learn about ourselves, about others and are what we are here to grow from. Such lessons in life are the most valuable gifts we can have in so many ways. No matter how hard they are, it is how we react, behave, think that will define us and either lose or save our souls when it is time for us to leave this world.
Will we use these lessons to grow from and look deep within so we can learn to really put all our faith in God and come to know Him on a much greater level? Or will we use them to do what Satan is desperate to see? His wish is to see us turn into people filled with hate, aggression, bitterness and walking away from God blaming Him for natural disasters, illness, disease, or badness created by or done by others. Who will you let win, God or Satan?
Yes, this has been an exceptionally hard year, but our wish for the New Year will be one where we are at last all united rather than torn apart and divided as so many worldwide are right now. For once, we will be united in hoping 2021 will see an end to the pandemic and be a better year for the world. I pray for my family, I pray for my friends and I pray for all of you.
I might be very quiet right now for which I apologise, but be assured my work continues quietly and my prayers for you all are still said daily. It might be early in December to say this, but I wish you all a Happy Hanukkah/Christmas and a happy, healthy and better 2021. May God bless you all,
With love always to you all, Lorraine xx
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