Suffering is a part of life. We cannot escape it. However, how we suffer and are present to those who are suffering does matter greatly. As Christians, we must pray for strength and compassion. We must live joyfully despite suffering and look to find ways to lessen suffering and lift others up. It is easy to descend into hurt and self-pity which does not lift up life and encourage gratitude despite the pain. Live life with gratitude and joy despite the suffering all around us. It is how they know we are friends of Jesus Christ.