In these last 30 days have been some of the longest days in recent history. Jeff was involved in a fatal car accident.(More in another post) There has been a trip to the East Coast for him, a work trip for me to Banff. There have been hard conversations with our girls, family, friends and employers. There have been job offers and acceptances. Jeff has started school and gone on EI. And we’ve been infested with rats in our home.
But in the midst of all of this there have been moments of hope, glimpses of grace and lots of love. We have been blessed beyond measure by friends and family who have stood shoulder to shoulder with us during this time.
I’ve been reading and discussing with friends around this whole idea of pain/lament and the presence of God. I was reminded that suffering/pain in life can be a redemptive act; even an act of worship. Let me be clear, I don’t think God creates these seasons of pain to ‘teach us a lesson’. However, I do think that they can serve as a reminder that Christ suffered. We serve a God who knows about suffering and receives us as we are wounded in this world.
Two different postings this week really helped me put this in perspective:
Barbara Brown Taylor – If you’ve never read one of her books or listened to one of her sermons, you are missing out.