When these people go through suffering, their lives are often transformed, deepened, marked with beauty and holiness in remarkable ways....
...So, instead of continuing to focus on preventing suffering- which we simply won't be very successful at anyway- perhaps we should begin entering the suffering, participating insofar as we are able- entering the mystery and looking around for God.
Pity can be nearsighted and condescending; shared suffering can be dignifying and life-changing.
...The mystery of God eclipses the darkness and the struggle. We realize that suffering calls our lives into question, not God's. The tables are turned: God-Alive is present to us. God is speaking to us.
-From the intro to Job in the Message