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No problems, just gifts


There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts. Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

A friend once told me there are no such things as problems, just situations requiring resolution. It’s a great perspective, and makes wonderful sense to people of faith. God doesn’t give us problems. Life is filled with opportunities and choices. We can choose to look on situations as difficulties and problems, or as opportunities and lessons gifts for growth.

Some of us are great at learning from history, past mistakes, the difficulties of others around us. But loving Abba, you know some of us have a hard time learning from others’ experiences. Despite the evidence that pain and heartache may be waiting in a particular situation the evidence tells us it’s likely we have to experience it for ourselves. Some of us don’t find it easy to accept that brick walls hurt; we have to find out the hard way.

And in these situations and their outcomes are lessons gifts if we open ourselves to them. Depending on our outlook, we can grow or get frustrated. With your help and grace, we can find the gifts in the problems, the trials of this life.

“For we know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

Loving, giving, and forgiving Abba, help us see your gifts of growth and knowledge of you and ourselves in the problems we face in this life the situations requiring resolution. Grant us the grace to live with or through adversity, to overcome those obstacles we can, to learn life’s lessons your lessons, your wisdom giving you the glory in everything. This we ask humbly in the name of your son, Jesus. Amen.

Join the congregation and seek perspective on the situations requiring resolution in your life. Masses at St. Ann Catholic Church are at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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