While I was in chaplaincy, I was seeing a wonderful Christian therapist. At times, I felt overwhelmed and deeply inadequate by the needs I faced each day. My heart, my own compassion, could not handle the onslaught of pain and suffering. I remember the day I expressed this to her, she told me, ‘I believe we already have a Savior to handle the world’s pain. We don’t need another one.’
This year I will celebrate a milestone. It is the longest time my husband and I have lived in any one location. 8 years and as I think about what it means to have a home and to be a part of a place, I keep coming back to the time I spent in 1 Peter.
In Job 2, we are introduced to a righteous man who has just lost everything, yet he still remains faithful to God. It is not until chapter 42 that his health and wealth are restored. Most of us are living a story much like Job, although maybe not quite to the same extreme–just trying to make it through from Job 2 to 42.
Neither of us knew the long years of sorrow and suffering that lay ahead of us. If we had, the weight of it might have broken us both right there in the choir loft. But God graciously hid our earthly eyes from that vision and walked us one step at a time into the future. At times, He has us.
God calls us amidst our sorrow, pain, and despair. He invites us to exchange this life’s suffering, with His beautiful gift of freedom. Excerpts From: Zimrah Dream Singer by Susan Valles In the spring of my fourteenth year, Master Jesse came back from a long voyage at sea. I had not seen him since the… Continue reading Exchange: A Wonder-Full Trade of Beauty for Ashes
Having big faith doesn’t always mean our circumstances change. We can have assurance in the promises of the Lord, even we do not see His plans. Just have faith… Over time the phrase almost became offensive. Like the squealing of dull brakes. You knew it was coming, but the way each word came grinding upon… Continue reading Assurance: When Having Faith Doesn’t Change Our Circumstances
Some seasons of life can be extremely brutal. We can feel exposed and vulnerable. But we can draw near to God, resting in the shelter only He can offer. My son Evan and I have spent the past 90 days in Philly after his transplant. We had finally been given the green light to return… Continue reading Resting: Experience God’s Gentle Shelter During Brutal Seasons
There are many different times in life. During a season of suffering, it is important to remember that it is okay to not be okay, but we are called to rest in Jesus. Through the past year, I have had some of my lowest lows and some of my highest highs. I am currently, by… Continue reading Season: Learning to Rest in Times of Pain and Suffering
Life is full of pain, leaving us wanting to blame something or someone for our suffering. Can there be purpose behind our struggles and sacrifices? If God were good, He would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty, He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures… Continue reading Pain: Cast Aside Blame and See the Purpose of Suffering and Sacrifice
Tragedy is occurring all around us at an alarming rate. How are we to respond to the devastation? What are we to do in these last days? An earthquake in Iraq kills over 400 people. A driver mows down people on a cycling path in New York city, killing 8. A crazed gunman enters a… Continue reading Respond: What Are We To Do In These Last Days?