Why does God allow His children to suffer?
I know the theological, Biblical answers to that question. Whom the Lord loves, He chastens; every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it might bear more fruit; and surely we deserve nothing but punishment. Shall we receive good things from the LORD, and not evil?
But what the mind knows, the heart does not feel in the midst of trial. I know, by faith, that God loves me, and even now He is blessing me. I suppose this is why I am a liturgical Christian [it's sad those words aren't redundant; they go together in my understanding of the Faith] - the liturgy, filled with Scripture, tells me to believe in the mercy of God. So many experiences in life tell me not to--even tell me God must hate me--and yet, I still believe, though now I see it only through dim, foggy glass.