Overcoming Suffering…

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

Meditation: Helen Keller was born in 1880. At 19 months old she became deaf and blind. First she felt much frustration and anger due to her isolating experience. Later she overcame her isolation by taking every opportunity to communicate that opened up to her. At a time when there were not yet many resources for deaf and blind persons, she paved a way for herself and for many others who struggled with not being able to hear or see. She was a role model for many who live with special needs, as she did not allow her blindness and deafness to define her, but pressed on and through it to learn and communicate as much as possible. She was an example of a woman who gained an amazingly rich emotional and spiritual life through her experience with suffering. Many men and women were encouraged by her role modeling and encouraging Spirit.

Prayer: God of hope, we thank You for Your presence in the life of Helen Keller. She did many things that the people of her time never thought a blind and deaf person could do. She believed that You had her best in mind and that her future was bright, even though many cards were stacked against her. Inspire us by her example. Help us to tackle and overcome those obstacles in our own lives that seem insurmountable. You are the one who helps us first accept and then also overcome suffering. And we are grateful. Amen

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29: 11