Suffering and the Love of God
The hardest thing we are asked to do in this world is to remain aware of suffering, suffering about which we can do nothing. – May Sarton
As we enter into the narrative world of the Gospel of Mark, we will follow Jesus to encounter lots of miraculous healing stories, crazy characters, and quite a few demons. It really is a pretty fantastical journey viewed with 21st century lenses. Still, we recognize ourselves at every turn. We need healing. A lot of us are crazier than we look and we are still plagued by the demons of poverty, prejudice, and pride, to name a few. We struggle with addictions, bad relationships, unmitigated grief and sorrow. And yet, there is healing in the power of love, community, and right relationship. Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we can feed the hungry, tend the sick, and bind up the broken-hearted. We can do everyday miracles simply by showing up willing to face the suffering of the human family. Where do you need healing? What can you offer those who are suffering in body, mind, or spirit? What difference does prayer make in the process?