I’ve been thinking a lot about pain and suffering recently, have you? I hope not, since we think about it most when we’re staring it in the eye.
Pain is out there, affecting millions of people, shouting from our news screens, and yet it’s also in here, screaming through our hearts.
Pain is personal, isn’t it?
For my friend Grace her pain has been driven by her brain tumors. She’s had five brain surgeries. FIVE!
How does she cope? How does she hold fast in the midst of it?
You can read her story to find out here and see what she does and do it too to help you find some peace in the pain.
Thinking about people’s pain and especially MY heartache, I often wonder, do I really want to worship the kind of God that allows such suffering to happen to ME!
Do you ever whisper that in the dark of night?
Would you jump at the chance to stand eye to eye with God and ask what on earth He’s playing at? I would.
I spoke at church on Sunday and tackled the question, What Kind of God Allows Suffering?
I examined the standard Christian response then went beyond it to look at God’s response to our personal pain. Psychologist Martin Seligman speaks of the three P’s that hold us back from recovering and therefore compound our suffering; Personalization, Pervasiveness, and Permanence. Where is God in these? What does He have to say?
You can download my answer HERE and discover what kind of God He is?
Know someone going through the ringer right now who’s asking these questions? Share this and encourage them.