Suffering

Dear Saints and Sinners,

 

I was talking with one of Jesus’ better disciples, Steve Koerwitz this week. He said,”Man I just watched the president on TV. I would not want that guys’ job. Two wars, a tanked economy, and now the swine flu? That guy has his hands full.”  The president indeed has ”… his hands full”.

  

Most of us are new to the word “pandemic”.  Just when it seemed fear had reached the highest level possible. The media puts out word to us of a pandemic. We live in a very unique time when suffering seems to be out of control.

  

Father Richard Rohr says this about human suffering,” Suffering of some sort seems to be the only thing strong enough to destabilize our arrogance and our ignorance. I would define suffering very simply as ‘whenever I am not in control.’ If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it”…. From Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality by Richard Rohr.

  

If there has ever been a moment in human history where we can safely say we are ,”..not in control..” this ranks as one.  May we receive the gift at this time to,”destabilize from our arrogance and ignorance…”. That we might be transformed in our relationship with Jesus.

  

One huge step in spiritual growth is to understand that to be human means we will suffer. Human beings will go through times that they feel,” I am not in control”. The only stability at that moment is that which comes in the form of the risen Jesus.  Jesus said in John 10:17,18, “…no one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down and to take it up again.” Jesus did what is humanly impossible for us to do. Jesus suffered while under control. Christ maintained his power as he suffered.  Jesus is in control of all things. When we are out of control our hope is in the one who suffers with us. Meaning comes to our lives even in times of suffering as we trust in the power of Jesus power to take control when we know we have no control.

  

May we pray this day for Jesus to reach into our arrogance and ignorance and offer us the instability we crave to trust in the stabilizing power of the risen Jesus.

  

See you on Sunday.

  

Still in one peace,

 

David J Jensen

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