In the face of suffering

  1. In the face of all the human suffering and misery that nurses encounter,and sometimes must endure, on a daily basis,has your faith in God,assuming you have a faith in God,been increased or has it been decreased? Have you found faith or have you lost your faith?
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  3. by   Sleepyeyes
    I found my faith.
    I pretty much align with the thinking espoused in the book, "Why Bad Things Happen to Good People." Therefore, I believe that God did not cause suffering in the world, and cannot stop the suffering in the world because that would take away our free will.
    But with His help, we can ease much of the suffering we see. That's why I believe that nursing is also a ministry.
  4. by   mario_ragucci
    Asserting views and ideas about the unknown by means of the unobservable is always a perilous business.
  5. by   dianah
    Having and expressing opinions formed by personal experiences is acceptable, tho'. For the most part those who post here are tolerant of differing views, and no one's eyes will be damaged in reading about those views. Peace! -- D
  6. by   RNforLongTime
    I believe that there is a God but also believe that at times God makes no sense. Like for instance take 9/11 for example. Why did God let that happen? I consider myself a nice person. Why then am I not able to have a baby? Is that fair? I can afford a baby. I can love a baby. I am in a stable relationship with a husband that wants to be a father, but for two years now we have had no luck in conceiving. Yet there are 17 year olds who are having their second child. Is that fair? Not to me it isn't.
  7. by   promises
    Amen to that Sleepyeyes.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think those that espouse these beliefs expressed by SleepyEyes, regardless of Faith or not, handle crises and suffering in our earthly existance best. And those that view nursing as a ministry or calling AS WELL AS a "job" or "career", I find make the best nurses; ones who handle crises and hard times in their roles as nurses in the most effective ways.

    Sometimes, sadly, there are no answers for the unfairness and suffering on Earth. I see teens have baby after baby...while I just recently suffered miscarriage of a much-wanted child. Life sure is not fair! But, I believe all things are made perfect and clear on the Other Side. This belief is what keeps me strong and sane. Be good to yourselves and try to keep the faith, whatever faith helps you get by!:kiss
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 6, '02
  9. by   RNinICU
    I agree with Sleepyeyes. God does not cause the suffering in this world, nor can he stop it. Men are evil for different reasons, and choose to act in an evil manner. This country had been blessed for years, but I think that was because most other countries were afraid of how we would retaliate if they attacked. The actions of a relatively few radicals were not the result of God's indifference. God's place in human suffering is not to stop it, but to serve as a source of strength and comfort in the face of suffering.
  10. by   eltrip
    Ditto, Sleepyeyes! The way I figure it, we have a narrow view of the "big picture" that God sees. We can see a part of the picture, but not the whole...it's just the way we are!

    Peace ya'll!
    Joy
  11. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by ohbet
    In the face of all the human suffering and misery that nurses encounter,and sometimes must endure, on a daily basis,has your faith in God,assuming you have a faith in God,been increased or has it been decreased? Have you found faith or have you lost your faith?
    My faith is strengten day by day. I will never lose my faith...as I know that God is real, and is an ever present help in the time of need. Even when we think we don't need Him....
  12. by   Bradley
    And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things Ido unto them, and not forsake them. ISAIAH 42:16

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