Part VII: Is God really there?

This past week, I watched “Numbered” with my wife on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil it for you. For me, it was a reminder to be grateful for what you got. I can’t imagine the suffering that those Holocaust survivors went through.

Another World War II movie that I watched this past week was “The Book Thief.” It makes one recognize that not all Germans sided with the Nazi government; There were many Germans that suffered horribly under the Nazi’s and were forced to go to war against their will.

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is another powerful movie I saw a few years ago. If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to do so. It’s powerful because it helps people realize that:

Children are not born with hate in their hearts.
People are taught to hate.

This past week, if you are an American, hopefully you had a moment to reflect on 9/11 about what happened that day.

I remember where I was: I was in my college apartment and was awoken by a roommate who told me that a plane hit the first tower. I watched as the second plane hit the second tower live on TV. My immediate thought was “Both those buildings are going to fall-down.” If you saw it happen, you know that words cannot fully-describe the horror and feeling of loss that was felt.

I was touched because my mom used to work once a month at the World Trade Center. One of the offices for Corporation Service Company (CSC) was on the 88th floor. I thought to myself–that could have been my mom.

I hope that, as a country, we have not forgotten the unity that we felt after 9/11.

There are truly evil people in this world. They have chosen to follow Satan. There are terrorists, murderers, and rapists. There are kidnappers and those seek to prey on children. Earthly courts will never provide proper justice. Remember what the Savior said:

Matthew Chapter 18

Whosoever therefore shall ahumble himself as this little bchild, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my aname receiveth me.

6 But whoso shall aoffend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7 ¶ Woe unto the world because of aoffences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

To put that in context, remember: Each of us is a “little one”. We are all Children of God. Those who choose to do evil in this life will one-day pay for their poor choices in Hell. God will not allow any unrepentant, evil deed to go unpunished.

While this world lasts, remember this: Everything happens for a reason. Your suffering is not in vain; It has purpose.

2 Corinthians Chapter 4

14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the athanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the ainward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light aaffliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and beternal cweight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are aseen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not bseen are ceternal.

If your suffering brought you closer to God, it fulfilled its purpose. We may not see or understand the “benefit” of our sufferings in this life, but know this: There is a reason for it.

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