That’s the question, isn’t it? The question we most frequently ask when we encounter pain and suffering.

Why me? Why my loved one? How long? Why?

But Jesus tells us that’s not the point. (See John 9) Jesus felt pain and suffered (John 19:28,29). We feel pain and suffer.

"Christianity doesn't deny the reality of suffering and evil... Our hope... is not based on the idea that we are going to be free of pain and suffering. Rather, it is based on the conviction that we will triumph over suffering." Brennan Manning

"The word patience comes from the Latin verb patior, which means "to suffer." Waiting patiently is suffering through the present moment, tasting it to the full, and letting the seeds that are sown in the ground on which we stand grow into strong plants. Waiting patiently always means paying attention to what is happening right before our eyes and seeing there the first rays of God's glorious coming." ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

There usually isn’t an answer to “why?” Jesus was both human and God; he felt pain and he suffered. Our God understands, suffers, and waits alongside and with us.

That’s the Good News we can share: through our own pain and suffering and with the pain and suffering of others. We will triumph and we will see God’s glory.

We see a bit of that glory each time we gather and say, “me too” and “God is great” and “help me” and “thanks”. We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 am. Hopefully in person, but if not, via the stream.

Grace be with you,


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xuqa3 Thanks so much

Sat, April 1, 2017 @ 8:33 PM

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