Guided Analysis: Suffering Worksheet Name: Makena Smith, Marc Thomas, Olivia Smith, Matt Mitchell, Mason Goudreau, Paulina Bustamante, Michelle Shenouda Course: CWV-101 Date: November 19, 2019 Instructor: Dr. Sharpe As a group, working with your in-class assigned team, please address the following questions, responding to each one directly below the question. Your total word count (including all questions and answers combined) should be between 900-1150 words per person. Include a reference page that shows all teammates’ sources. 1. Everyone Responds to this Question Individually: Describe a time when you experienced a significant period of suffering. How did you deal with that experience? How did you find comfort in the midst of suffering? Michelle: A time in my life that was quite hard for me was when my mom got diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. As a sophomore in high school dealing with something like that was extremely difficult for me and it still is till today. I felt really lonely and sad all of the time. I went to school questioning my faith in God and it sure did not help that my school was a private Christian school, so we talked about God a lot. At home, I did not have anyone to turn to because my family was so focused on helping my mom that we never really sat down and talked about it. Dealing with that experience has brought so many emotions all at once. I became angry with God as to how He let my mom get this horrible disease and turned away from Him at that point in time. I always wish that He
would have let me have it instead of her, she does not deserve it. I would pray to God and felt as if He was so distant and just watching my mom die when I knew that He could do something about it. I personally do not know what came over me but one night when I was praying I just felt this relief, like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. It was as if God was saying “That it is going to be okay, I am going to take care of it.” Ever since then I felt as if I could trust that God was going to take care of my mom and eventually I saw Him take action. My mom is still going through chemotherapy and is the strongest, happiest, and amazing woman I have ever known. Doctors are in shock that she is running around, taking care of her family, and living her life. She is doing so well that they do not believe she has cancer. Till now I still have a little doubt because when my mom gets sick because it is a huge risk to her health. I am still working on fully trusting God but what comforts me throughout this entire experience is praying and trying to give God the trust that He deserves and on top of that I talk to people and ask for advice or guidance. Paulina: A time in which I experienced a significant period of suffering would be when my grandma passed away. I dealt with this experience by understanding that she was no longer suffering from her disease and that she was where she was destined to be. She was in a better place than here and I had to learn to be grateful for the time and memories that were created with her and the time that God allowed for her to be in my presence. I found
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