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One Crisis Every 18 Months

Have you ever heard of someone described as having the patience of Job? The person referred to is often either the long suffering wife of an alcoholic or the mother of a large family of nonstop high energy boys. Job, of course, is the most world famous sufferer of inexplicable illness. Do you know when I have most needed the patience of Job? You might be thinking of the time back in 1980 when I lost my voice for 18 months (see my article in the January 1994 Crier). That was a very painful time. But in a strange way, even more painful are the times when our car breaks down. I feel very attached to our Dodge Spirit, and whenever it breaks down, I feel personally Insulted (can anyone reading this relate??). I'm a very 'up" person, but one of the few times that I feel depressed (usually for about an hour) is when our car becomes unfaithful. It's times like that, when I start to really appreciate Job. Like Job, I ask: 'Why me??" I mean, couldn't my car break down at a more convenient time? Have you ever noticed how much car Mechanics resemble doctors? You go to them for one problem, and invariably they find two others. I tell you, itís enough to drive you to God .

The book of Job is a powerful and challenging 42 chapter long poem. it is a true poem, but a poem none the less. Job is a heartfelt poem about the mystery of evil and suffering. This mystery is something that all of us will struggle with, sooner or later. Regardless of whether we go to church or not, whether we are religious or not, whether we believe in God or not, all of us either have been or will be personally faced with this mystery. There is a best selling book by Rabbi Harold Kushner entitled: 'When Bad Things Happen To Good People'. That best seller reminds us that sooner or later a tragedy will land at our doorstep, and life will feel very unfair.
Studies show that most of us go through some type of crisis once in every 18 months. When serious illness, like cancer, strikes our family, our whole world may feel turned upside down. Why me??' ... Why them ??", we may say. What is it that can give us the strength to keep on going, when all of life is collapsing around us? Click to find out more...


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