Even when it hurts like hell, I’ll praise you

We all know how the fairy tale ends…the princess’s love turns him from beast to prince; the curse is removed and the damsel is saved from eternal doom; the slipper fits. Yes, Disney has never failed to give their princesses the happy ever after we were all hoping for them throughout the emotional 90 minute song and dance experienced with them.

But what happens when we don’t get our happy ever after?

Even when it hurts like hell Ill praise you

What is our reaction when we step out of the bubble of cartoon love stories and we are faced with our own harsh realities? How do we react when the ‘dream’ job we were convinced God gave us a few months didn’t turn out to be the start of the kick ass career we were hoping for…Or if the love story we thought made Cinderella and Prince Charming look like a joke suddenly diminishes and you’re not riding off into the sunset in a round, beautiful carriage…Or if you are watching loved ones in pain… Or having to deal with grief and loss because of the actions of the evil world we live in…

Our instant reaction would probably be anger. Anger towards the world, anger towards yourself and anger towards God. Eventually, after the dust has settled and you have come to terms with the reality of the situation you are in, the anger will turn to hurt. Sometimes unbearable hurt. You are undoubtedly sure that there is a kind, loving God watching over you, that is something you don’t doubt. The struggle is now how can a loving God let something like this happen to you, His child. The answer is taught to us at a young age, that as Christians we will go through trials and tribulations. Christ says it Himself. Now, what I’m interested in is not how to avoid these inevitable sufferings, but how do we really deal with them?

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33.

I have found immense healing power in the power of praise. There is nothing more strengthening and healing than praising and worshiping our creator at a time when you want to run away from Him the most. The most intimate way to know our Lord is through his word, but sometimes it’s too painful to pick up your bible and truly, wholeheartedly immerse yourself in scripture. The Lord is so gracious and generous that He has given us a number of ways to submerse ourselves in His presence whether it be through sermons, liturgical services or spiritual fellowship with one another. These are all encouraging ways to fill yourself with the healing power of the Holy Spirit. One of the easiest ways I find myself at peace when in pain is through worship. The simplicity of closing my eyes and letting my lips sing along to the healing lyrics fills me with shockwaves of joy and peace during times of hurt and pain.

There is unbelievable power in knowing you are trampling over the works of the enemy by praising the works of your saviour louder and louder.

There is also great healing power in the daily reading of the psalms. A friend once told me if you are struggling to read your bible, read two psalms a day, one in the morning and one at night. King David is not only a beautiful poet but his struggle and pain is so relatable. You can’t help but feel his anguish as he cries out to the Lord pleading with Him as to why he feels forsaken and forgotten. But with every cry comes a praise and a word of hope; God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1.

As I read the words of encouragement found in the beauty of the psalms I am reminded on God’s mighty power to save and restore and how every season comes to an end, every broken heart eventually repairs, every tear eventually dries, and every pain eventually heals.

Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
The LORD preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
I will walk before the LORD
In the land of the living. Psalm 116.


St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in London is one of the oldest Coptic churches in the lands of the immigration, and one of the first to be supported and cared for by our beloved patriarch, HH the late Pope Shenouda III.

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