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Lesson from Job: The world is a mess.
Lesson from Abraham: You can’t control everything.
Lesson from Joseph: Have patience.
Lesson from Jonah: Love and obey.
Lesson from John the Baptist: Suffering affirms or rejects your faith.
Lesson from Paul: Suffering builds perseverance, character, and hope.
The Biblical characters who truly suffered, Abraham, Moses, Job, David Paul, and others cried out to God in their anguish. They didn’t do anything to create the atrocity accept follow God’s direction. And they were met with famine, a murmuring people, devastation, a life on the run and death. The suffering was part of the plan. The suffering was part of the good. The suffering was because they were called to something deeper, something greater.
Suffering isn’t all there is. Death isn’t the end. The caterpillar does become the butterfly. The seed that gives its life becomes a beautiful plant. There is a purpose. Even in this.
Then, when the storm is over, and you’re surrounded by chaos and debris, it’s time to clean up and move forward.
Faith is a bridge over which we can cross all the unknown waters of tomorrow. Amish proverb
The cup of sorrow, inconceivable as it seems, is also the cup of joy. Only when we discover this in our own life can we consider drinking it. Henri Nouwen
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God does his most stunning work where things seem hopeless and wherever there is pain, suffering and desperation, Jesus is. – Pastor Jim Cymbala
Because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:5-6
We closed our cafe this week. After six excruciating months of disappointment, it was time. We were dangerously close to being completely out of money. The last of what we have will be used to pay severance for the beautiful women who worked for us and for lawyer’s fees and government fees. It’s simply over. Continue reading
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I’m in my prayer room. I go there every morning knowing it’s what I should do. I read the scriptures. I pray for needs. I go through the motions. But I am numb. There is nothing left.
Darkness surrounds me like a blanket. I’m covered completely so I can’t breathe. There is no light, no air. There is a thundering silence ringing in my ears. Continue reading
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“I have a word for you,” one of our team members timidly said as we finished our weekly time of worship. We had told our little band that our cafe was closing as of the end of the month. They stared at us wide-eyed and nervous, I’m sure wondering what this meant for them and knowing how crushed their leaders now are.