Suffering for Good
Good Friday, April 10
Given my traumatic upbringing, some people ask if I ever wonder, “Why me?” The simple answer is no. The more complex question is: “What for, God?”
The “why me?” answer always seemed clear. Suffering happens to everyone. We are guaranteed pain. I think because God created me as a storyteller, he was much more interested in my focusing on the greater purpose of suffering. When we look at whom we worship, Jesus is not some extravagant king who marries well and lives happily ever after. He is a humble servant dying for those who are undeserving of his grace.
Good Friday teaches us that suffering for good is God-like. Without personal knowledge of suffering, I would not be a compassionate pastor, wife, mother, or friend. Through personal experiences with pain, we love more fully and intentionally.
Praise God for his great love.
Jesus, thank you for suffering for our good. AMEN.