God is a Suffering God …

The God of Jesus Christ is a suffering God, who is wounded by our tragedies and hurting because of our sorrow: a God who lost an only son on a cross, thank to human cruelty and injustice; a God who does not punish us for our sins by sending sickness; a God who Jesus tells us does not control every detail of life – accidents happen and towers fall on both the good and the bad – a God who cares and cries.

Donald E. Messer, “Patches of Godlight,” in Reflections on Grief and Spritual Growth,

 ed. Andrew J. Weaver and Howard W. Stone (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005), 83

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