Suffering invites us to place our hurts in larger hands.
In Christ we see God suffering – for us.
And calling us to share in God’s
suffering love for a hurting world.
The small and even overpowering pains
of our lives are intimately connected
with the greater pains of Christ.
Our daily sorrows are anchored in a
greater sorrow and therefore a larger hope.
~Henri J.M. Nouwen
As I grapple with summer’s still sweltering heat, I have to remind myself that humanity has observed adverse aberrations of nature millennium after millennium and that out of the chaos order eventually returns. Author, Peter Saint-Andre, says nature “can inspire, enlighten, send shivers up the spine, delight, anger, frighten; it can make one think, feel, shake one’s head in astonishment, cry, laugh out loud; it can evoke feelings of triumph, melancholy, light-heartedness, serenity, excitement, boredom, rightness, anxiety, joy, sorrow.” And I agree with him on all counts but until some level of coolness settles, it is challenging for me to experience much excitement and serenity. Only now when, in the midst of the feverish misery, the wild purple eryngo blooms does the melancholy begin to lift a little.
Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love. ~Lamentations 3:32 ✝
**Image taken by me along a country road in our area. These amethystine beauties can be found blooming this time of year in fields ravaged by summer’s heat.