Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bad times

"In this world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

It's one of the last things anyone suffering wants to hear, of course, because it seems to invalidate the suffering and imply that someone can just "get over it." That's when it helps to remember that Christ himself said the above a few hours before the agony in the garden, His betrayal, and His torture and crucifixion. He went so far as to wonder why God had forsaken Him - so, I'm willing to guess that He wasn't so fond of "get over it" as a life strategy, either. The true comfort comes from knowing that our God also suffered, and took no shortcuts to feel better at the expense of true healing.

So, those of you with either (or both) inclinations, please pray and raise a glass for Damien, whose life is currently kicking hard.

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