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Rev. Martin Mills







                When we are in the midst of a suffering season all we can do is live with hope, hope that this will all end, that it will end is one thing we can be certain of, and a new season will start. But where is God in all of this?   
God Is with us through all, its not his fault that we are suffering but he is there walking with us, listening to our crys for help, giving us hope, time is in his hands, he has held all our other seasons, those of Joy and Happiness so Where is he in all of this suffering? Right here with us no matter how dark this time is he is holding us in his hands, no matter what happens if we ask he will answer and  grant us a sense of peace.

What makes the difference is how we choose to react to him. If we choose to be angry, bitter, resentful and blame God for this suffering season we tend to shut God out of our lives and his peace in unavailable to us, but if we choose to speak to him in prayer and ask for his help, he will hold us in his hands throughout and lift us into a place of peace, no matter what happens and how bad it gets pray and ask God to help. Even if you have never been to church or prayed before have faith and try it.

I heard of a family in the Cotswolds who like so many are not alone in their suffering, their son died at a young age, he was a great scholar, cricketer and a loving happy character, then bang one day he was dead. 20 years later the boys parents are still full of bitterness, anger and blame they have no closure on their sons untimely death. It has eaten away at them every day for the last 20 years, a ball and chain of emotion all consuming dragging at them constantly. On the other hand I have a friend in Cumbria, similarly her son died aged 8 he too was full of life and promise, she still grieves, its only natural we are human, but she thanks God for the time they had together and remembers him lovingly and fondly,she has been a great comfort to others counselling in similar situations of loss, God has used her for a greater good and she tells me it is so rewarding sharing her story of hope with others, she is in a new season, one of peace and hope.  The difference is having a relationship with God, you can shout and scream but take time to sit quietly and ask God for help and he will eventually lift you up in his arms of peace, and into a new season.




Are you suffering? Where is God?
Ecclesiastes 3: 1 (and on to 11 if you wish to look it up)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven

Winter is a season of waiting, cold dark days, for many in our community right now its a time of sadness and trial.
It seems to me we have an unusual amount of suffering right here in Arlington and Bibury in this present season, and for those who are Ill, Grieving,Waiting for Operations or Feeling Lonely also for those family and friends close to them, living in this “Suffering Season”  is tough, sad and worrying, often the Where is God in all of this? Or, If there is a God why does he allow this?  Questions are asked.