Jim Cobabe wrote:

> It is a complicated world we live in.

Indeed. Here's a bit of cybersalve which I hope will help ease the pain a little.
In fact, two things. First of all, there's a difference between pain (and I mean
emotional pain, not just physical pain) and suffering. Pain we can't do anything
about. Suffering is our reaction to it, and it is under our control, although
that's not to say it's *easy*.

The second thing is to consider a flower. One that you really like (I like
poppies, for instance). Do I love the poppy for what it *does*? No, I love the
poppy for what it *is*. Just so does God love us all for what we are: his
children.  It's hard to think lofty thoughts when we're mired in the telestiality
of mortality. Just try to remember that poppies rise up from the mire. And so can
we, with a little help from our friends and a free gift from God.

Hope this helps any who read it.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author
solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer,
nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated.

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