If You Do Not Suffer Today, You Will Tomorrow.

Suffering defines this world.  Suffering is the always there panic that we are enduring suffering or that it is yet to befall us.  No one escapes.  Olympian bodies will grow old, the dripping wealthy can not pay the price of immortality, and hiding in safe places can not barricade suffering.

It is the norm that people die and the world does not blink.  Right now a child dies of starvation, a woman is raped, a man loses his job, and a lion captures its prey.  And upon those words, we each put up the defense of “not me.”  However, a certainty of life is that death awaits us.

Your child dies, her husband leaves her, I have cancer, and the world goes on with its day.  Hide from it, deny it, tell yourself that you are healthy, wealthy, good, and safe, but pain and suffering are a part of your life, or they wait for you.

“The total amount of suffering per year in the natural world is beyond all decent contemplation…some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice.  The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”  says Richard Dawkins.

The Western culture listened to Dawkins and bought in hook, line, and sinker.  We preach it in our schools, purchase materials for the here and now, and live up life because that is all we’ve got.

There is no meaning.  Do what feels good.  There is no right and there is no wrong.  Run from suffering at all costs because it is just your unlucky fate.  Conclude that life is here and now.  The handicap, those doomed to genocide, the poor, and the sick, crawl on top of them and claim your life.  Live for yourself.  There is no meaning.  Die.

But the human spirit cries out, we must press on.  There is good and there is evil.  There is a purpose for humanity.  Why and where does this voice arise from?

It comes from Creation, it comes from our core, it comes from our purpose.  We were made in the image of God.  And God says HOPE.  He says that there is only one other option.  And that is HOPE.  Hope that all the wrongs will be undone.  All of evil and pain and suffering will be crushed and we can live eternity in perfection.

Chose this day who you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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12 thoughts on “If You Do Not Suffer Today, You Will Tomorrow.

  1. It’s kind of incredible that I was thinking almost these exact same thoughts this morning. Life gets difficult but so long as we have hope we have something. We may win or we may lose in this world. But if we have God that’s all that matters. There is a bitter-sweetness in the presence of God when we think about this world and how things are working toward their eventual end. But when you meditate on these things you begin to find out that it’s true.

    “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”

    “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.”

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  2. I agree, although I’ve really been able to realize this truth through a Buddhist nun’s words. Suffering is inevitable and a part of life. It’s how we deal with suffering that tells us what we’re truly feeling and what we truly want. In a way, it defines us, and it opens us up to compassion and joy.

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  3. Thank you Caroline, yes hope is so important for me. It is hope, the Spirit, that helps me through all the ups and downs of life. I am not one to believe that every event in our life has a purpose. Sometimes we are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. However it is the Spirit that helps me to make my way through the craziness of life. It is the Spirit who helps to remind me who I am. Blessings on your day!

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