Responding to suffering

Daily reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Thursday May 26, 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

One of the main problems that happen in community is that, often, we suffer in silence.  We believe that if we have enough faith then we can handle any problem on our own with God’s help.  It might be when we are suffering from a physical or mental illness, it might be when we are enmeshed in a family conflict, or when we are injured physically, emotionally or spiritually, or when we have experienced job loss, or difficulty in making ends meet and paying our bills, or with broken relationships.  
One thing is for sure, being a follower of Christ does not mean that your life will be void of suffering.  What it does mean is that we don’t have to suffer alone.  
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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