19 July 2013

eugene peterson on the book of job, and suffering.

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

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