The Messiness of Life

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. 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.

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2 Responses to “The Messiness of Life”


  1. 1 krebsjoan January 18, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Here’s how I WAS going to reply: “Because like hands, God has no pain. We have to stand-in here.” Given my impotence, I need to change that. to your closing remark: “…faith, hope & love change who we are and how we deal with pain & messiness of life.” Thanks for the in-sight. . .

  2. 2 Marlene January 24, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Wow! Thank you!


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