Monday, June 20, 2011

When Life Gets Tough

by Peter Waldin

  I've been challenged these past three months, with a dear one whose life, physically and otherwise, has taken her into the dark valley of suffering.  For me it has been a foregone conclusion that I should travel with her.

   I'm not alone in that 'walk'.  Many have extended companionship.  their love has been like a warm blanket around us.  Indeed it has been, as I've expressed it, like the 'hands and heart of God'.

   Not quite everyone!  An individual who was in the position to know the facts, broadcast the information that "He doesn't know how ill his wife is!  He's not capable of looking after her!"

   None of us can escape criticism.  There are sad folk who expect too much from other people.  One critic wrote of a famous composer, "If Beethoven continues this sort of trash, our orchestras will degenerate into instrumental debating societies."  Did Beethoven quit?  "A few fly bites," he commented.
   One should live independently from unkind criticism.  There is One whose judgement is never in error.  Let us live so that His words are the final approbation, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant.  Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

A beloved and faithful member of SPPC, Peter is an artist, author and teacher with a gift to appreciate others.

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