One of the hardest things to admit is that life is hard, especially if you are a person of faith. After all, you believe that God is love, so God shouldn’t let bad things happen in the first place and quickly fix them when they do happen. But as you know so well from personal experience, traveling down this path can make you cynical pretty quickly. That’s why the issue is not whether God is acting the way you think God should act. Rather, it’s seeing how God is actually at work in the midst of pain and suffering. And when you look through the eyes of faith, you see how often God brings healing, wholeness, wisdom, compassion, reconciliation and deeper faith out of the very things that should kill the human spirit.