June 8, 2015
Joined in His Suffering
For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
2 Corinthians 1:5
As a consequence of some ill-considered decisions by a nine-year-old, I recently spent five hours in a hospital's emergency room.
A waste of time? Perhaps, but perhaps not. Because as always, wasting time is largely a matter of perspective. Any place that I am--well, there I am, and there God is. What do I see? What can I learn? That night, it was all about suffering: a shivering woman wrapped in a blanket--there before us, there when we left; a man holding his head; a family discussing their father's collapse and health directives; a child on crutches.
It was not extraordinary. You've been there. It was just life, it was this world: a place of suffering that Christ enters, and in the mystery of him suffering alongside us, we find love that overflows and a presence that transforms even the greatest pain.
Loving Christ, I join my suffering to yours. May it bear fruit of compassion.
- Amy Welborn
2 Corinthians 1:1-7|Psalm 34:2-9|Matthew 5:1-12