JESUS’ OWN LIFE AND DEATH offer a paradox through which God reveals God’s own self in a sacrificial life, a despairing death, and a hopeful resurrection to show us how we may grow spiritually. And yet, this question may continue to plague us: Is God responsible for creating or allowing suffering to be part of our world? This question has never been answered with satisfactory results after centuries of debate, but it is part of the paradox. In this debate, we find a hidden kernel of truth that we can join hands with a great cloud of witnesses and be certain that God remains present throughout our suffering and pain, nurturing us and giving spiritual growth to all who move from despair to hope.
—John R. Wimmer
Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope
From page 31-32 of Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope by John R. Wimmer. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What difficult experiences have you endured? What insights did you gain? Share your thoughts.
We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.
—Hebrews 12:1, NRSV
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