The Blessings that Emerge from the Struggles

04-29-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins
Monday, April 30th marks eight years being married to Maryrose Hall, the most magnificent woman I’ve ever known. When I proposed, and she said yes, we couldn’t have foreseen all of the tremendous challenges that we would have to face in our first 2,920 days of marriage.

We took in her younger brother (an eighth grader at the time) for our first year. We went through a foreclosure. We came to the slow realization that we might never have children of our own. We suffered through two failed adoptions before a walking through a catastrophic reversed adoption that ended with financial ruin and losing the baby girl we raised for the first ten months of her life.

When we commit our lives to Christ, living lives firmly planted in participation in the sacraments, we cannot foresee the challenges it will present. It could result in strained relationships, being ostracized, illness, etc. This is only part of the story.

In the last eight years, my wife and I have come to recognize love isn’t a feeling, but something a million times more beautiful. I have come to witness the unending generosity of my wife’s heart. We have been blessed by the prayers and kindness of the family of God. We have been blessed beyond measure by a brave woman who kept and carried a baby who would become our Georgiana Madeleine Jane.

When we commit our lives to Christ, living lives firmly planted in participation in the sacraments, we cannot foresee the blessings it will present. John 15 says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.” Read this carefully. You must remain in Him first. When you do, there will be a change in what you ask for. You will probably ask for whatever God has in store. After all, it is human to have preferences, but it is saintly to align them to God’s will. (Note: I never claimed this to be easy.)

May you recognize the blessings that emerge from, but never erase, the struggles.

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org

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