As we struggle on this earth, we seek to rationalize how our pain fits in to God's plan and it often leaves us searching for comfort.
I have been searching for a while now.
There is a Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi taped to my bathroom mirror. It catches my eye several times a day and brings me encouragement with these words:
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen"
In need of more comfort, I blankly stared at my computer screen until I found this, shared by Jared Slack. I hesitate to republish it here without his permission, but I urge you to read it by clicking here.