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Suffering Illustrations

  • And God Said "No"

    sky raysI asked God to take away my pride,
    And God said, "No."
    He said it was not for Him to take away,
    But for me to give up.

    I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
    And God said, "No."
    He said her spirit is eternal,
    While her body is only temporary.

  • Chavez Prayer

    prayer3Show me the suffering of the most miserable;
    So I will know my people's plight.

    Free me to pray for others;
    For you are present in every person.

    Help me to take responsibility for my own life;
    So that I can be free at last.

  • Fellowship

    man4Lonely and alone, discouraged and empty hearted
    That's when a man needs a brother

    When the burden is heavy, the load too much to bear
    That's when a man needs a brother

    When in despair, and needing someone to care
    That's when a man needs a brother

    When the strong arm on your shoulders make the tears flow free
    That's when a man needs a brother

  • Someone Who Understands

    puppiesBob Weber, past president of Kiwanis International, told this story. He had spoken to a club in a small town and was spending the night with a farmer on the outskirts of the community. He had just relaxed on the front porch when a newsboy delivered the evening paper. The boy noted the sign "Puppies for Sale". The boy got off his bike and said to the farmer, "How much do you want for the pups, mister?"

    "Twenty-five dollars, son."

    The boy's face dropped. "Well, sir, could I at least see them anyway?"