We've seen a lot of suffering lately--hurricanes and tropical storms, wildfires, and even man-made tragedies like the attacks in Las Vegas and New York last month. When events like these happen, it can feel like God has abandoned us. In the face of so much darkness and sorrow, I cling to the promise of heaven. There, when we see Jesus face to face, "He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain" (Revelation 4:21).
But until you and I make it to heaven, God has given us the ability to work to spread his kingdom here on earth, to make the world a better place. And in 1 Corinthians, St. Paul reminds us to "stand firm" in the face of death, to praise God "who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ," and to "give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).
It is my prayer that you can take comfort in knowing that you are, in truth, making the world a better place.