Finding meaning in human suffering

Ann Mills has won one of the two Brickhill Essay prizes awarded by Perth Theological Hall this year. She has kindly allowed her essay to be posted here in the hope that others may find some comfort and help in their own suffering.
The Essay Prizes are given in memory of John Eric Brickhill who hoped that the essays would help the communication of theological insights to the average layperson, that (s)he may more readily serve the Lord. Ann’s essay was part of the assessment for Murdoch University unit THE505 Thinking Theology and is an inspirational theological reflection on finding meaning in human suffering through an active engagement with faith over time. Please follow this link to the essay:
http://unitingchurchwa.org.au/blog/2012/09/perth-theological-hall-wednesday-program/