“Suffering doesn’t need explanation.
The experience of it calls for healing not reason because
suffering splits you in two,
creates a breach between you and
your own existence.
The rigid stance you take against your personal pain
straining to erase your event,
and not to include it in your present,
makes you your own murderer.
For your suffering has a life of its own, full of unborn ideas,
pulsing with mystery,
rich with potential to solve your future suffering,
and—most amazing—your past as well.
Your suffering holds the secrets to your appointed lot and is
therefore the hiding place of your power.
You must value your suffering enough to
coax its treasure into your using.”
All and Only, pg. 28-29
This could seem like such a negative subject for Palm Sunday, and yet…Jesus was sad about Jerusalem even amid the cries of “Hosanna!” As we process the hard things life brings us or others, we can know that Jesus understands the pain of a groaning world and offers healing and hope through the finished work of the cross.
How does processing your pain in the present bring healing to your past and hope for your future? Have you felt suffering take on “a life of its own” in your experience? What does it mean to value suffering enough to use the hidden treasure?
Before you go to bed tonight, please remember to pray for our suffering brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones this week. Pray about your own pain, and seek to find Jesus there.