Thursday, December 22, 2011

Psalm 37:28 They (The Lord's Faithful Ones) Will Be Protected Forever, But The Offspring Of The Wicked Will Be Cut Off; Parenthetical remark added

"It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared but suffering that degrades." Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. AIDS and Its Metaphors, ch. 4 (1989). Indeed, suffering degrades. Suffering degrades us physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. In most respects, human beings are a wicked lot. We are sinners all. All of us must pay the price of death because we are fallen sinners. We must also remember Christ weeps for us. He weeps for us when we suffer. He weeps for us when we falter. We can make sense of suffering only if we make sense about how God is not responsible for it, does not "allow" it, and is not pleased with it. In the degradation of our suffering, we can reach out to Christ. In Him and through Him we shall not just have a better time or a better day. In Christ and through Him we shall have glorious infinite tomorrows.

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