6.28.2011

suffering


Last night while I was praying, I had it on my mind to specifically pray for those who were suffering at the moment. This morning I was told the father of a family of five in Marietta, who I knew, but not that well, passed away from a brain tumor last night. It is so frustrating that God could allow such suffering, when he is all-powerful. I am reading The Reason for God by Tim Keller, and there is a couple quotes in the chapter I am reading. They gave me hope for times when I am suffering, and I hope it gives you hope as well.

I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world's finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they've shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky (emphasis mine)

They say of some temporal suffering, "No future bliss can make up for it," not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. ~ C.S. Lewis


1 comment:

carolineb said...

Love the quotes. The first one especially.