One more post to wrap up my thoughts on suffering.
"The book of Job never answers the question, "Why do we suffer?" The way to cope with suffering is not to find out the immediate cause but to find out who God is. A deep, personal knowledge of God, our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer is what we need to handle the stress of suffering. We need a relationship with God that enables us to endure suffering without losing faith, without cursing God, and without blaspheming God's name in actions and words." Kay Arthur
A week from today I will be "suffering" the deployment of my only son to a place I've never been and have no idea what he will be facing. But God will be my Rock and I am trusting Him to take care of the son I gave to Him twenty-two years ago.
I am thankful that God is my Redeemer and Sustainer.