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  • My Dearest Kiki,

    Infirmity, Arthritis, Parkinson's, Lupus, Unknown afflictions and Tragedy are with us always. As you said, think of Job. God did not give Job these afflictions, but Satan, who can only act within the scope of God's permission.

    So why do we suffer? If we are the chosen of God, regardless of the name we call Him, why does He allow these things to happen?

    Perhaps it is to remind us that we are not able to do these things on our own, that without his blessing, there is nothing man can do. Perhaps it is because He knows our nature, how we cling to pride, the barrier that lies between us and God.

    I realize that is little comfort. Because I am a Christian, I believe the nature of man has been redeemed in the shed blood of Jesus, and that a surrender to Him is the path to salvation. But do we ever truly surrender ourselves to God? Regardless of the name we choose to call him, do we every truly surrender ourselves and allow the Spirit to lead our lives with absolute control?

    I have no understanding of these people beyond what you have told me, and it is not my place to judge their lives or their relationship with God. That is for them and them alone. I merely present the question and ask the individual to respond.

    As to Claudia and her daughters, Amalia, Michelle, Jasmin and her mother, and You, dear friend, I can offer only prayers and the assurance that the fervent and sincere prayers of the righteous are heard and answered in accordance with God's will.

    In my chosen faith, we are told to begin our prayers with praise for all the blessings in our lives, and then to make supplication.

    “Lord, I thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed on me this day, that I now have the knowledge of others in need of your mercy and kindness, and that I am blessed that I may offer prayers for their needs. Help them, dear Lord, in accordance with Your will. Give them the strength and courage to seek out your blessing and your mercy. Provide for their needs, heal them, and comfort them as they face these adversities in their lives. And for Kiki, Lord, who's compassion and understanding is so full and so freely given, give her angels to watch over her and continue to bless her with your wisdom and your understanding. Help her to continue on this path you have provided, for she is truly a light sat on a hillside so all may see. All this I ask in the name of Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, and the giver of the Holy Spirit indwelling to all who seek Him. Bless you, all powerful God, for hearing my prayers. Amen.”
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