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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - bil­ly­gra­ham.org BILLY GRA­HAM Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I ad­mit I’m an­gry at God, be­cause I was born with a phys­i­cal hand­i­cap that’s held me back all my life, and I blame Him for keep­ing me from lead­ing a nor­mal life. I know some peo­ple are worse off, but I’m still bit­ter. Why shouldn’t I be?

— A.N. DEAR A.N: The most im­por­tant thing I can tell you is that God un­der­stands your feel­ings — and yet He doesn’t re­ject you or get an­gry at you. In fact, God loves you — and once you dis­cover this truth, your life will never be the same.

I hope you won’t dis­miss what I just said as mere empty words — for they aren’t. Ad­mit­tedly I don’t fully un­der­stand why some peo­ple go through life with­out se­ri­ous phys­i­cal prob­lems, while oth­ers (such as your­self) strug­gle with lim­i­ta­tions all your life. But I do know this: God knows what you’re go­ing through, and He wants to help you move be­yond your bit­ter­ness and anger. The Apos­tle Paul strug­gled with per­sis­tent phys­i­cal prob­lems, but God still used him to touch count­less lives (see 2 Corinthi­ans 12:8-10).

What can you do? First, face hon­estly the fact that noth­ing good ever comes from anger and bit­ter­ness. In­stead, they will be like a poi­son to your soul. The Bible says, “See to it … that no bit­ter root grows up to cause trou­ble and de­file many” (He­brews 12:15).

Then turn to Je­sus Christ and by faith open your heart and life to Him. He en­dured far greater suf­fer­ing than any of us will ever ex­pe­ri­ence — be­cause He loves us, and wants to come into our lives and change us. In ad­di­tion, ask God to show you ways you can help oth­ers who are hand­i­capped. Job said, “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame” (Job 29:15).

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