I Understand A Lot Better Now

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I’ve been by the bedside of hundreds of very sick and dying people. I always sought to meet each person with sincere love, compassion and encouragement. I always sought more to understand than to be understood. Man, if God were to allow me those opportunities again I would meet them all with so much more understanding.

You see, there are many things in life that observation or education can’t teach. Nope, nothing is understood more than that you learn through personal experience. No, I don’t know what it’s like to be told you’ve only got months left to live. I imagine words can’t fully describe it. But, I do know what it’s like to suffer for a long time.

I know what it’s like for your health to change everything. I know what it’s like to lay on your side for hours and hours in pain as you beg God once again to bring you relief. I know what it’s like to feel powerless and more dependent on others than you ever dreamed possible. I know what it’s like to be so swallowed up in pain you can’t get too much encouragement. Yes, I now understand a whole lot more than before what it feels like to continuously suffer. And, I plan to use every experience God has given me to encourage others with great love, compassion, and understanding.

“ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

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