Burdens, Part 2

I feel like cutting and pasting several large sections of articles by John Piper here.  He has thought through his theology of suffering (I guess that is what you’d call it) and reading his stuff has really helped me.  I’m not quite as eloquent as he is.  Here’s a list of things that I have come up with regarding suffering in my own life:

  • Suffering is not a bad thing, although it really, really hurts.
  • It happens to everyone, although “happens” is not a good term because it is not an accident.
  • The one who has suffered the most is God himself, and he became a person like me and can identify with all that I go through.
  • When I’m in the middle of suffering, I can’t see correctly and I need the perspective of other people.

God is not missing from the disappointment.  He’s not coldly looking on while I cry.  He’s present in every tear, and he’s cried with more passion than I ever will.

My idea of who God is has changed since Levi died.  Actually, I can see each major event in my life as further shaping how I see him.  Still as through a glass darkly, but ever more details of his reality.  I see more of his image in myself.

This post feels unfinished, but I need to go to bed and I want to post it.  So here it is.

2 Responses to “Burdens, Part 2”

  1. September 26, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Thank you.
    I was brought to tears. You might not be eloquent in the post, but you said things in a way that got right to the point and was very clear.
    Thank you.

  2. October 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    So well put. Simple IS eloquent, the best writers only need a few words, the right ones! We can see your heart.

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