Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Responding to suffering

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Wednesday May 25, 2016

Focus passage: That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ’s sufferings.  So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation.  If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. 2 Corinthians 1:5-6

Whenever we face suffering, we choose how we will respond to it.  We all have our way of dealing with suffering internally.  But here’s the amazing part: if you believe that God is still molding and crafting you, then you can see each situation of struggle as an opportunity for spiritual growth.  It becomes a time for you to open yourself to the comfort of God and then further open yourself to the suffering of others, so you can then be a presence of consolation and comfort in their lives.  
When others are suffering, we are given the opportunity to be a compassionate presence in their lives.

Prayer: God help me to fully know today that you are present in my life and in the lives of those I love, in the lives of those I struggle to love, and in the mended parts of my life (and community) and in the fragmented parts of my life (and community). Amen.  

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