Sunday to Monday / Suffering & Beauty

“God does not always give us all the answers…God gives us himself.” 

Frederich Buechner

Yesterday we explored the book of Job, an allegory from the Old Testament found right before the Psalms in the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew scriptures. Job was a good man, wealthy and faithful. He lost it all and as he endures suffering the loss of his family, possessions and health he wonders "why?" and where did God go. 

It’s relationship that transforms our suffering. Job didn’t get answers, Job got God. When God finally speaks in the book of Job at the beginning of chapter 38, we are reminded that God is the author of creation with all its mystery and power and majesty and confusion. And God came. In Jesus, God is no stranger to what it means to be one of us: God is present! 

When we are not afraid of suffering, we might just be surprised by how God shows up.

One way we can practice entering into the suffering of another is to serve the kids at Paris Elementary School in Aurora by helping them start school well-equipped. Check it out here.  

May we cultivate an awareness of human suffering AND cultivate an awareness of beauty in the world.

Click here to see photos from Sunday morning. 

  • When have you felt that suffering was your fault? Did that help you to move on? How does Jesus’ mercy help you through suffering? 
  • How do you talk to God about your suffering, about when bad things happen to people you love or when you’re just angry about what’s happening in the news? 
  • Why? How do you feel when there really is no answer to that question? Is that always bad? How might you live into the reality that “God does not always give us all the answers…God gives us himself.” Frederich Buechner 
  • Looking ahead to next week: When have you been placed in a situation where you could help others, but it took a risk to do so?

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