The Fellowship of Sufferings

I’ve been away from my blog for about a month. Staying connected is always more challenging when you are in crisis mode. My brother and sister-in-love, newly weds of only four years with a beautiful family of two babies,  have been broadsided by personal tragedy.  I’ve been actively trying in my limited way with limited resources to recruit help for them and to spend time by their side as they deal with the fall-out of breast cancer.

Appropriately this morning’s sermon was on the topic of suffering from Job 2:1-10. Job is a byword for suffering down through the ages. Suffering is a current, ongoing event.  Several fellow-sufferers were present at the morning worship. I personally chatted with a father of 6 who is currently undergoing cancer treatment. Another dear friend and sister is concerned that her husband’s Lyme disease has reoccurred just at his busiest season of contracting work. Prayers were lifted up for a husband and wife who are both suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

When someone you love suffers, you are reminded of your own frailty and helplessness.  The beautiful yet painful remedy is to throw yourself at feet of the Sovereign of the universe. “… Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job rebukes his faithless wife (Job 2:10). Whatever the process, whatever the outcome, “I know that my Redeemer lives,and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.” Job 19:25

Dear fellow sister, if you are often discouraged at the suffering which you are a silent witness to, remember there are others who share in your sadness. Connect yourself to the fellowship and  come alongside those who suffer. Bow your knee to the will of the King of Kings who will one day destroy Death itself. In the great and final end we will truly see “the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (KJV James 5:11)




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