Suffering

We live in a world that is filled with pain.

The planet is covered with people
who are overwhelmed by suffering.

Wars, monstrous acts of terrorism,
famines, economic injustice, chronic poverty,
drug addiction, diseases and
natural disasters are killing people every day.
We are impotent when it comes
to making the pain go away.

Life is hard and messy and painful.
Hurt abounds
and hope is in short supply.

Jesus did not clean up every mess
or relieve all the pain He encountered.
Jesus simply told us to take the pain
and the mess of our lives
and place them before God.

Even then, the answers to the riddles of our lives
are not always perceivable or even obtainable.

Jesus teaches us to live with the questions,
to live with the pain.

Peace, He suggests, is found in faith.

Without solitude,
finding sanity and sanctity
is virtually impossible.

God is bigger than we are;
and we, in our weakness,
need to lean on the strong arm of God.

Cures and answers may not come to light,
but faith, hope and love
changes who we are
and how we deal with
the messiness and pain of life.

Faith, hope and love,
the triptych of the spiritual life,
is nurtured stillness.

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2 Responses to “Suffering”


  1. 1 Rev. Paul McKay November 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

    “God is bigger than we are;
    and we, in our weakness,
    need to lean on the strong arm of God.”

    One of my supervisors in CPE (chaplaincy) training at the hospital, whose name was John, used to say, “There’s John-size problems and there’s God-size problems.” I have to remind myself of that constantly lest I spend some exhausting energy fretting or agonizing over problems that are just too much out of my human capacity to begin to control, much less to solve. God is big enough to carry what I can’t even begin to lift with that strong arm of God’s and I only need to lean into those massive arms for peace.

  2. 2 Florentina November 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Good day! This post could not be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have
    a good read. Thank you for sharing!


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