No more "Why me?"

When we're struggling with sickness or sin, it can be hard not to feel discouraged. But the effort itself accomplishes more than meets the eye.

Discouragement is debilitating. It tends to evoke sentiments like "Oh, God, why me?" "How can this be happening to me?" "I can't take it anymore." How does one lift himself out of despair?

It has been said that a truly grateful person can never become discouraged. However, to anyone who feels defeated and discouraged, gratitude can seem to be a simplistic solution to a very burdensome problem. In this hopeless state of mind what is there to be grateful for? Where does one find the strength to be grateful?

Perhaps it's necessary to consider exactly what kind of gratitude we're talking about. Gratitude of the right sort is really the natural outcome of knowing the calm, comforting ever-presence of the Christ, which we come to recognize as we learn to trust God more, learn to trust our Mother-Father Love.

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Where are the boats?
February 13, 1989

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