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Why Do We Suffer?

Lamonte - July 3, 2007

I have a live album by Allision Kraus and her band Union Station.  One of my favorite songs is performed at the very end – as an encore – and is called “There is a Reason.”  The words to the song are these:

I’ve seen hard times and I’ve been told
There isn’t any wonder that I fall
Why do we suffer, crossing off the years
There must be a reason for it all


I’ve trusted in You, Jesus, to save me from my sin
Heaven is the place I call my home
But I keep on getting caught up in this world I’m living in
And Your voice it sometimes fades before I know

Hurtin’ brings my heart to You, crying with my need
Depending on Your love to carry me
The love that shed His blood for all the world to see
This must be the reason for it all

Hurtin’ brings my heart to You, a fortress in the storm
When what I wrap my heart around is gone
I give my heart so easily to the ruler of this world
When the one who loves me most will give me all

In all the things that cause me pain You give me eyes to see
I do believe but help my unbelief
I’ve seen hard times and I’ve been told
There is a reason for it all
The song was actually written by one of the band members.  While I acknowledge that a blue grass musician does not have prophetic powers, I think there is a good message to this song which is “our struggles in this life are a natural part of the experience God expected us to have during our probation here.  Our best hope is to rely on the Lord and the Holy Ghost to guide though our troubled times.”

Is that your same feeling and have you ”seen hard times” that have actually helped you in your conversion and your daily walk with God? 


  1. A blue grass musician may not have prophetic _powers,_ but that does not make him immune from the gifts of the Spirit. The lyrics that resonate with me are: “When what I wrap my heart around is gone.” It is difficult when those things are my own short-sighted foolishness. But, it is a true trial when they are the things the Spirit has prompted me to do – and it doesn’t turn out wonderful. “Why did you do this to me?” What helps is when I remember that Elijah was told to go to the brook and God would take care of him there – “And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up…” (1 Kings 17.) Sometimes the brook dries up. But, I have seen the reason on many occassions.

    Comment by Mondo Cool — July 3, 2007 @ 9:13 am

  2. I just saw AKUS perform live last weekend. Such amazingly talented musicians. Ron Block, who wrote that song, writes a lot of Chrisitan music. My favorite is probably “A Living Prayer,” which says, “Take my life and let me be a living prayer, my God, to thee.”

    Hardship is wasted if it doesn’t bring us closer to God.

    Comment by Susan M — July 3, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  3. One of my favorite sayings from a born again minister who I listen to is: “Let our trials not be wasted”

    Comment by Don Clifton — July 3, 2007 @ 11:22 am

  4. Reminds me of this:

    8 In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel; but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me. (D&C 101: 8)

    Comment by Geoff J — July 3, 2007 @ 11:42 am

  5. Geoff J – Those words certainly are true in my case. I’m just glad He gives me the “eyes” to see the error of my ways and allows me to try to do better.

    Comment by Lamonte — July 3, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

  6. Lamonte-
    I really love this post. Thank you!
    Just this morning I was talking with my friend about hardship. We were discussing how trials are hard (our own dealings with miscarriages), but with the Gospel how easily they are overcome; or at least how easily we accept them. Then we also discussed how much easier it is to overcome trials based upon life rather than sin –you know, trials we bring upon our selves (such as while living a life of immorality or with drugs, etc.). It led to the conclusion that trials will come no matter what. We will endure hardship because we are to be tested. But we can do the best we can to stay away from those trials and hardships that lead us away from God, rather than to Him. I’m not sure if that’s what you wanted out of your question, but it was what I was thinking today…

    Peace is a needful thing. And it’s interesting, but I find it better when it’s needed after hard times. When life is at it’s simplest (not complaining about that, though!) and less stressful, it’s easy to take it for granted. When peace comes after a trial, it’s more rewarding, wouldn’t you say?

    (I wrote the above just recently on my own blog…and sorry! I’m not trying to glorify or advertise my own writing…I’m really not!)

    Comment by Cheryl — July 3, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

  7. Cheryl – that is exactly what I wanted to get out of my question. I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting a few weeks ago about “A broken heart and a contrite spirit” and I told the story of my own conversion which came only a few years ago. I was actually baptised when I was 8 and my family history in the church extends back to the 1850s but I feel that my true conversion came in my late 30s. One of the greatest blessings of conversion is the ability to see things in the eternal perspective. The hard times are still hard but the comfort from my church family and especially from the Holy Ghost make those hard times so much easier to endure. It is a great blessing to me.

    Comment by Lamonte — July 3, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

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