Monday, 5 September 2011

Inspiring thoughts on suffering

I never thought I would be able to link the words 'inspiring' and 'suffering' together in the same sentence, however this quote from Eugene Peterson is so powerful that I feel that falls into that weird category...inspiring thoughts on suffering:

"We live in a culture that doesn't know how to suffer. We grow up thinking that if we are good we won't suffer; or that if we raise our standard of living sufficiently we won't suffer; or that if we acquire an education we will be smart enough not to suffer. If suffering rudely intrudes anyway, we call for anesthesia. Anesthesia, which is most useful on occasions of surgery, is most harmful in matters of soul."

What do you make of those thoughts?

Living in Grace,

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