The Problem of Pain ( I think that title is taken, isn't it?)
I have been reading some good books, awaiting the impeding chicken pox epidemic that will most likely hit our home soon, planting, weeding, eating and drinking LOTS of mint water.
I have been bumping into repetitive themes of suffering and suffering, and suffering and suffering. I have been trying to really let this concept, redemptive suffering, sink in. The older I get, the more it is clear THERE WILL BE SUFFERING. No getting out of it. What can God do with this, why do we have to go through it, and what good can come from it? The perennial question. Once again, as I look through the glass darkly, I see some glimmer of understanding. I am headed off to Divine Liturgy now, to avoid the spread of the potential chicken pox, and I will be praying for the grace to understand, to console, and to love. And to accept my sufferings as God would have me accept them.
***One More Thing*** In the first link on suffering, Jen's post is lovely, but BE SURE to take time to look at the comments. A veritable theological and spiritual FEAST. Don't miss it!!