I’m spending this week, away from the office, reading and researching for upcoming sermons and series (hopefully for the entire coming year!). Among the books I am reading is Desmond and Mpho Tutu’s, Made for Goodness: and Why This Makes All the Difference. Each chapter ends with a brief, moving meditation. Though there’s much I could share from Made for Goodness, and will in upcoming sermons, I feel particularly moved to share a portion of a meditation I just read….
When you stop running from the pain
And turn to face it,
When you step into the agony and let it be,
When you can turn to your own suffering and know it by name,
Then you will see me.
You will see me in the heart of it with you.
It doesn’t matter if your body is wracked by pain
Or your mind is spiraling through the aches and anguish.
When you stop running you will see me.
Though I certainly don’t wish you suffering or pain, both are realities we all face and endure at some point in our lives. If that day is today, if this is your season of suffering, may you find some comfort and direction in these words. More – may you find God in your suffering. May you see God in your suffering.
God is with you. You’re not alone.