When my child suffers, how do I keep my faith and still love my god?

“When my child suffers, how do I keep my faith and still love my god?” – A question from my friend, Stu Grater.

My initial general answer to this question is, perspective.

I personally have suffered pain. Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual pain. I expect I will continue to suffer pain in the future. “Life is pain”, said the Dread Pirate Roberts. To some extent, I believe he is correct. I believe that one of the many facets of life is to learn how to suffer, or to learn from our suffering.

Experiencing personal suffering is different than witnessing the suffering of others, especially little children. When my children are sick and I have done all that I can for them and yet they still are suffering from pain and discomfort, it can be very frustrating to me.

“How could God let children suffer?”
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