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  • Apprehension is writ large on their faces. Each is troubled by inner fears and doubts. They have been coming there for months for the sake of their children, unmindful of the expenses and the trouble. Nothing is too much for them. Their only prayer is that their children should survive the ordeal, the pain and the discomfort and live a full and healthy life. But just the previous week one among the children had gone back to his home only to be taken away. It seems he had asked his parents to take him home as he did not want to die in the hospital. He was only in the 6th standard and he suffered so much pain. One could see it on his face and he rarely cried out in pain.
    Why do children have to suffer so much?
    One parent says that there is pain in everyone’s life, for some it is the physical pain and for others the mental pain. And when children suffer everyone in the family suffers .And they believe that it is karma.What other explanation could there be for the pain and suffering? For some questions there are no answers.
    All of us face so many problems in life and we are so apprehensive about the future and about the solution or absence of solution to our problems. We also worry whether the solutions will be to our liking or not. If they are not, will we be able to adjust to the changed conditions.As that parent said there is pain in everyone’s life . They question the justice of God but do not lose faith in Him. They believe in doing their best for their children and leaving the rest to God and Destiny.
    Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen.
    ~Pliny the Younger (61 AD to 112 AD)
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