Suffering is hard…
Whether it’s mental or physical, small or big…it’s hard.
But suffering is a gift from God.
Suffering can make us and others around us much better Christians.
For example…a man who loses his job and is uncertain about his future.
He NEEDS to trust that God will look after him.
A woman who is looking after her sick husband, is forced to take her prayer life to the NEXT LEVEL because she knows that she needs to obtain the strength required to get through the difficult days.
You might ask, why is God allowing me to suffer today?
But would you have even prayed today, had you not been suffering?
While the natural inclination is to grumble and complain when we suffer, we should turn a negative into a positive and turn moments of hardship into moments of grace.
Bumped your head!!! Offer it up to God!!!
Perhaps God is using my suffering to train me or another person to become someone better.
He uses suffering as a means to bring us to a greater level, to push us out of our comfort zones.
Last Wednesday, in the first leg of their 2nd qualifying round Champions League tie, St. Patrick’s Athletic took on Legia Warsaw of Poland and came away from the Pepsi arena in Warsaw with a 1-1 draw. St. Pat’s took the lead through Christy Fagan’s crucial away goal and were very unfortunate not to come away with the win after Miroslav Radović scored a stoppage time equalizer for Legia.
The second leg will take place tomorrow evening at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin.
The draw for the Champions League 3rd qualifying round was held last Friday and If Pat’s progress against Legia, then they could potentially set up a mouth watering tie against CELTIC!!!!! Celtic are currently 1-0 up on aggregate heading into their 2nd leg match against KR Reykjavík of Iceland.
In the Europa League, Sligo Rovers defeated Rosenborg of Norway with a shock 2-1 away win in their 2nd qualifying round 1st leg tie. Should they progress, they will face Karabükspor of Turkey in the 3rd qualifying round.
However, both Derry City and Dundalk suffered home defeats in their first leg 2nd qualifying round ties. Derry City were beaten 1-0 by Shakhtyor Salihorsk of Belarus and Dundalk were beaten 2-0 by Hadjuk Split of Croatia. If Derry progress, they will face either Zulte Waregem of Belgium or Zawisza Bydgoszcz of Poland in the next round. Zulte Waregem are currently 2-1 up heading into the 2nd leg of that tie. If Dundalk progress, they will face either Atlantas of Lithuania or Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan in the next round. That tie is currently at 0-0.
The 2nd legs of all those Europa League ties will take place next Thursday.