Article: Trouble shared is trouble spared

Newry Cathedral News

This is a different take on the old proverbial saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’ The proverb expresses the idea that, when in difficulties it is useful to talk to someone about your problems and worries, instead of keeping them to yourself in this way they seem less serious. By opening and discussing your troubles, you may gain insights, advice, or emotional support that can make dealing with the issue easier. This proverb emphasizes the idea that seeking help and sharing your concerns can lead to a more positive outcome and alleviate some of the stress associated with facing challenges alone. It’s a reminder that communication and seeking assistance can be valuable tools for problem-solving and coping.

However, a trouble shared with God in prayer or in contemplation is a trouble spared. God is always there to listen. Sharing our troubles with God, can lead to relief or comfort. In a purely spiritual context sharing our worries, fears, and difficulties through prayer or meditation provides a sense of solace, guidance, and support. This act of sharing with a divine entity is believed to help individuals find inner strength, perspective, and sometimes even solutions to their problems. This sentiment is rooted in our religious teachings encouraging believers to cast their cares upon God and trust that they will be taken care of. It reflects the core belief that God understands and cares for our individual struggles, and that seeking spiritual connection during times of trouble can provide a sense of peace and reassurance.

In Christianity, there’s a strong emphasis on sharing one’s burdens with God through prayer. The Bible encourages believers to cast their anxieties onto God, trusting that He cares for them. The New Testament verse 1 Peter 5:7 states, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Sharing troubles with God and seeking His guidance and strength is a fundamental aspect of our Christian faith.

This  emphasis on the value of sharing one’s troubles or burdens as a means of finding solace, healing, and growth is not just prominent in Christianity many other spiritual and philosophical traditions contain this in their teachings.Buddhism teaches the importance of acknowledging suffering and working towards its cessation. Sharing one’s troubles or suffering with others is seen to alleviate the isolation that often accompanies pain. Through compassionate understanding and support, individuals can find relief from their emotional and mental distress.

Hindu philosophy teaches that life is a journey filled with challenges and opportunities for growth. Sharing troubles with a higher power or seeking guidance from spiritual texts can provide individuals with insights and strategies for coping with difficulties. Islamic teachings emphasize turning to Allah (God) in times of difficulty. Muslims are encouraged to share their worries and troubles with God through sincere prayers and supplications. The Quran reminds believers that God is the bestower of peace and comfort during times of distress.Indeed, many spiritual and self-help philosophies emphasize the value of sharing troubles as a means of personal growth. Expressing vulnerabilities and seeking guidance from mentors, spiritual leaders, or support groups can lead to greater self-awareness and transformation.

As Christians the act of sharing troubles with God, alleviates the problem, God unburdens us, we are spared the burden and pain of carrying this load. When assistance is sought, God intervenes in our human affairs, he provides protection, guidance, and relief from our troubles. This intervention can at times manifest itself as answered prayers, miracles, or unexpected positive outcomes. In seeking God’s assistance,we must have faith and patience, trusting that God’s timing is perfect and that difficulties will eventually be resolved or eased through divine intervention. Even though God might not necessarily remove our troubles, he will provide the strength and resources needed to overcome them. The very process of seeking God’s assistance is a way to connect with something greater than ourselves, connecting with a divine presence. Our reward for this connection is that we are provided with comfort, guidance, and a sense of community that helps us as individuals navigate life’s challenges more effectively. Our pathway forward is illuminated, our load is lessened and there is a spring in our step.