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Strassion

On April 18, 2012 at 03:22 my wife delivered our baby dead to the world but alive for eternity. We named our child Strassion as a reminder of the strength and compassion that we need to live our life on this earth. It was a short journey into the world of death for us but it has left a mark that although may fade will never disappear from our memories.

The journey began on the morning of January 23, 2012 when we suspiciously but unexpectedly found out that we were pregnant. This news filtered down to us like gradually waking up with a morning coffee; not knowing what to think, turned into acceptance, which then turned into looking forward to what was ahead of us. My wife is a Type I diabetic so we had to immediately start meeting with doctors to ensure that her sugars and the pregnancy was going as expected.

The faint glimmer of the rainbow of what was to come disappeared on the afternoon of March 5, 2012, 11 weeks and 4 days into our pregnancy, when we found out that our child had an…

Why do we have to suffer?

Everyone goes through trials in their life but why does God allow it? Paul in his letter to the Corinthians explains the wisdom of God (2 Cor. 4:7-18). The trials that come our way will take us to the limit but not one step further (2 Cor. 4:8-9). These trials may be for our own good (Heb. 12:6), but most likely they are for the sake of others. We suffer so that God's glory can be shown to the whole world and especially to those who believe or will believe (2 Cor. 4:15).

Not all suffering is punishment for something we have done. It could be that your suffering is for the benefit of someone else. Are you willing to suffer so that someone else will come to the knowledge of God? Are you willing to live the rest of your life in suffering so that someone else will have the opportunity to hear the gospel? Are you willing to live the rest of your life in suffering without knowing the reason why, trusting only in God that He knows what is best?  These questions are abstract until they be…