God and Suffering

Passionate, worthwhile, significant and blissful are the adjectives that I can think of in relation to the Youth Ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd which held a very empowering session with their attendees: God and Suffering.

Dec 02, 2022

Fr Mitchel Joseph explaining about God and suffering to the youth.


By Debbie Deandra
Passionate, worthwhile, significant and blissful are the adjectives that I can think of in relation to the Youth Ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd which held a very empowering session with their attendees: God and Suffering.

There are only positive things to be said about this session. It was just as the sun was just setting when the youth came in after a long day. We thank God that each one of us attended, I’m sure that the session touched each and every one of our hearts.

What is wrongly assumed by most is that suffering should be avoided at all costs. Brothers and sisters, suffering is one of the most painful experiences of life; there is no way around it. Suffering is defined as ‘the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship’. Suffering can be either undergoing stress, loss of a loved one, betrayal, and other unfortunate events. God said “Suffering is a product of the fall, a consequence of human sin against God”. There is no denying that suffering is one of the worst things to experience. The assumption that most people have about ‘Life’ is bright, magical and filled with happy endings. But there is more to life than just that. I learned that you haven’t really lived if you haven’t suffered because all of the pain that you may face makes life worth living; in fact, it makes it even more beautiful.

You may ask yourselves, why ‘GOD and SUFFERING’? Fairly opposite nouns that are rarely put together in the same sentence. If you haven’t suffered, your faith hasn’t been tested. In the darkest, loneliest times of your life, you still have God. At a certain point, you may just think that there is no one looking out for you, but I beg to differ. God has been there since the beginning and will be there until the very end. Suffering brings you so much closer to God; you always have a shoulder to cry on. To put it into perspective, team building in schools or workplaces gives you challenges to bring you together. In a positive light, you are put into challenges with God.

With that being said, the Youth Ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd did a marvellous job at opening our minds and expanding our mindsets. I believe that once you seek God, He’ll find you; it’s like the game: hide and seek, except you make the first move and leave the rest to God. This session made me realise that trust plays a prominent role; we all should leave it to God, He’ll give us the best. God put every attendee there for a reason, and we hope to see God put more people into The Youth Ministry’s programnes.

They shall love a soul at a time, for God said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you”.

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