To answer the ponder question posted with the scripture on Sunday, tribulation is a part of life. It has a Divine purpose. I’m sure there are many reasons a kind and loving Father would allow His children to suffer. A few of the reasons that come to my mind are (in no particular order.):
1. To help us grow. Just like a muscle cannot develop without resistance neither can our spiritual strength.
2. To bless those around us. Many times we learn great lessons by watching those who ensure trials with faith and Grace.
3. To give us empathy. We have much more compassion for those around us when we can relate to their struggles.
4. To draw us to Him. It seems that we year for heaven and its help more fervently when we are struggling than when we are doing well.
5. He values agency. Or agency is so important to Him that He respects the line we draw on the ground between us.
The second question is a little trickier because we tend to identify peace as having our trials removed. But when everything revolves around God’s timing sometimes that is not possible at the moment. But I have found that no matter what we are going through we can always ask for peace, a little reprieve from the storm. I have had times when I have asked for this and could feel a blanket of comfort wrap around me and feel an almost tangible hug from heaven.
We can seek this peace through many tools. We can feaast on the word of God. We can pray and center ourselves. We can serve someone else in a meaningful way. We can choose to read/listen to uplifting books and music. We can pray and meditate. We can process or problems thorough journaling or talking to a friend. We can accept God’s willy for us and keep a cheerful demeanor. We can show God’s love to His other children by becoming a window to His love.