For Suffering

Seldom do we give thanks, fewer times still for sharing in the suffering of Christ.

We equate pain avoidance with well-being. We live by aspirin and pain-killers. Spiritually, that dulls the soul and numbs the will of God in us.

So today’s Cloudburst poem, without a negative hint, goes in this direction.

The first four of 12 lines are these:

We thank you, Lord, for giving us part
In Jesus’ suffering, in pains and trials,
To die with him, to know his heart
Of love, to walk those dusty miles

Ask, and I’ll send you the rest.

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J. Randal Matheny

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