Bear The Heavy Load

Bear The Heavy Load
“God many times answers our prayers not by bringing down his will to ours, but by lifting us up to himself. We grow strong, so as we need no longer cry for relief. We can bear the heavy load without asking to have it lightened. We can keep the sorrow now and endure it. We can go on in quiet peace without the new blessing which we thought necessary. We have not been saved from the battle we shrank so from entering but we have sought and have gained the victory. Is not victoriousness in conflict better than being freed from the struggle? Is not peace in the midst of the storm and the strife better than to be lifted altogether over the strife?”

-Dr. J. R. Miller

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    • David Parrish
    • November 9, 2010
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    Shaun, how uncanny you are at the timing of your quotes. This quote matches the topic regarding the majesty of God. A topic which I am currently engaged in a personal quest to understand more fully. Within this topic rests the divine attribute of God being the Victorious One, “The Mighty Warrior”. In this attribute we find God to be the one who “rises”. His Power and Might rises above all. No one can over power him nor out shine him. He ascends above all, but amazingly, he has chosen and brings with him all who are held captive in his train. God gives glory to the humble and lifts up the weak. Great topic Shaun.

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      Thanks David; I thought you’d like it. 🙂 I’m planning to add a lot more spiritual-related quotations soon, since I’m a bit deficient in that area on this site.

    • Lee
    • November 13, 2010
    Reply

    Hi Shawn, this is a beautiful piece to read, it is most inspiring.

    All I know is that I should not be here but I am due to God all the prayers that were said for me and an excellent doctor with gifted hands. Having the type of cancer I had and refusing Chemotherapy was not heard of before. I had ovarian and uterus cancer. Even with Chemotherapy the expected life span was to be three years. This Christmas it will be six years. I have checkups every six months and each time I walk into my specialist office he says, “Here is my miracle”.

    I have always been a Catholic but never in the strictest form, yes I go to church and I pray for the sick, my family, and friends. I also talk to God. I think the best of me is that I trust in God, I have unquestionable faith and hope that has come with age and life experiences. I know that Angels are watching over me and guiding me. If I am uncertain about anything or upset they always guide me to make the right choice.

    There is a hymn I love, I would like to share the lyrics, wonderful word.

    You raise me up (Hymn to the Sacred Heart)
    When I am down, and O my soul so weary
    When troubles come and my heart burdened be
    Then I am still and wait here in the silence
    Until you come and sit awhile with me.

    Chorus:

    You raise me up so I can stand on mountains
    You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
    I am strong when I am on your shoulders
    You raise me up: to more than I can be.

    There is no life, no life without its hunger;
    each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
    but when I kneel and gaze on you with wonder,
    its then I know eternity’s with me.

    There is much sadness in the world around me
    so many suffer and yearn to be free
    your Sacred Heart bleeds for all those who need thee
    and looks with mercy on their misery

    So many questions longing for an answer
    so many prayers are uttered silently
    your Sacred Heart will carry all my burdens
    as they were borne upon the cross for me

    Take care always and have a wonderful day.

      • shawn
      • November 13, 2010
      Reply

      Very touching, Lee. I can’t imagine what you went through; one of my best friends went through many stages and treatments of/for his cancer that ravaged him, and eventually he passed. But I have a Kiwi friend up here that’s beat it twice and she’s our miracle. Her and her husband (another close friend) exercised incredible faith and are great examples for a lot of people.

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