Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ~ Helen Keller, 1880-1968

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A couple days ago I read an interesting article about the Ebola crisis in Africa. The author was questioning how such suffering could exist if God is all-powerful.

Good question.


The “bottom line” here is God is NOT all-powerful. Does that shock you? It’s true.

God does not will humans to suffer, either deliberately or by neglect. Nor does he create your suffering. You do that all by yourselves. God does not completely control your world or your lives. If he did you would not have free will. You would be a robot controlled by God.

You have many striking examples of humans who endured the most difficult, painful experiences imaginable. Yet, through the sheer force of their free will, they rose above and moved beyond those challenges.

Helen Keller is certainly one of those people. Because of illness she lost her sight and hearing at the age of 19 months. She transformed her suffering into a magical life, growing up to be a prolific writer and eloquent speaker. She touched many lives the world over.

Another remarkable human, who rose above the unimaginable horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, is Viktor Frankl. Listen to his wise words as he describes how he took care of himself and ultimately survived:

“The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way — an honorable way — in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, ‘The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory….’”

Look for the joy in all your experiences, even your tough ones–especially the tough ones. It is always there, waiting for you to discover it.

There is always light in your darkest moments. You just have to be willing to see it.

The only true purpose of suffering is to teach you that suffering is unnecessary. It has no other purpose.

As our wise brother Seth has said, “Suffering is not good for the soul, unless it teaches you how to stop suffering. That is its purpose.” (Seth is the entity channelled by the late Jane Roberts.)

Copyright © 2014 by John Cali


Here is a brief video overview of Helen Keller’s amazing life, a life she pursued passionately. Instead of allowing her blindness and deafness to be sources of suffering, she dedicated her life to those who were suffering, teaching them they had no limits.


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