Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Poem: Sometimes People Suffer

Sometimes People Suffer

Sometimes people suffer

No one knows why;
we humans like to explain things,
we like to know the answers,
we like to solve problems,

sometimes people suffer

There is no easy solution,
no quick relief,
no magic pill,
and no merciful release
from the pain.

Sometimes people suffer

The suffering may come from an injury,
an illness,
a disease,
or a mental health concern,
but the suffering is real and may take time
for healing to occur.
sometimes people suffer

We can offer support, sympathy, kind word, prayers;
we can send cards, make meals, visit,
phone, e-mail, text, spend a day cleaning their house,
buying their groceries, combing their hair, feeding their cat,
changing their sheets and being a friend


sometimes people suffer.

May God bless all those who suffer and may he hold them gently
 in the palm of his hand, offering light and comfort during the dark nights and confident support to allay the fears of the day.
May the suffering be short and the light and comfort long.


  1. I've just finished reading a great book that discusses suffering from the perspective of the Western world vs. the Eastern world. I have been meaning to send it to you actually. It has been very helpful to me. Thinking of you all the time!

  2. Sounds like a good book. Either send it or just give me the title and I can head to the library. Thinking of you as well. Lots of love and hugs coming your way. Wish I was there to hug you in person.

  3. Wish I could hug both of you in person. One of the greatest outcomes of suffering, in my opinion, is to turn that into compassion for others, which you are doing in abundance. Love from Judy