I came across this beautifully written article given by lds living (www.ldsliving.com), Danielle B. Wagner wrote the article (Jul. 23, 2018)
This spoke to my soul and I immediately felt to share it wide and far because PAIN is something we all have in common and some point or another.
“Why does God intercede in some moments, but not others? Why does God allow such pain and horrible events when there are many ways He could test our valiantness or increase our strengths?
It's because pain and suffering have a greater purpose. Pain is purifying. Suffering is a blessing. As President James E. Faust stated, "There is a divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless."
In addition, pain deepens our ability to feel joy, empathy, love, and charity.
I think the overarching reason Heavenly Father allows us to suffer is that He is lovingly helping us develop a greater capacity for pain. Undoubtedly there are millions of moments Heavenly Father has shielded us from hurt or torment, but like any loving parent, He understands that if we are to reach our eternal potential, we must learn how to confront and overcome devastating fear, sorrow, and pain...”
For those interested: both of my children are doing well: Eden has a bit of rough skin on her feet but that is about it ... no eczema flares ... she is a beautiful, well adjusted, functional, happy & completely normal teenager.
My son, Caden, is also doing well. I home schooled him for the past year in an effort to help him "catch up" and though he will still be one year behind his peers ... we both feel that this is exactly the right spot for him.
He is growing up and entering pre-teen years. He still struggles with reading (brain was injured on that side of his head), writing (due to the stroke that he suffered), processing, speed etc. but other then that ... he is as normal as any other child.
Even though those years of tsw and tbi (my little girls topical steroid withdrawal and then 2 years later my little son's traumatic brain injury) ... I can honestly say, I am grateful for the opportunity of growth the Lord gave us during that time ... growth, understanding, compassion, faith, humility, hope etc that could have come in NO other way.
I want to close my blog post by re-emphasize what the author had to say in that brilliant article:
He (God) is lovingly helping us develop a greater capacity for pain...He understands that if we are to reach our eternal potential, we must learn how to confront and overcome devastating fear, sorrow, and pain...”
Here's a picture of my children: happy, healthy, strong and pretty much normal :)
Eden (above) with her perfectly healthy skin