Pain Highlights Our Dependence on God

Pain Highlights Our Dependence on God

In a world where we often seek autonomy and control, could embracing our dependence on God, as exemplified in the story of the woman with the issue of blood, be the pathway to profound spiritual growth? Realizing how little control we possess in this life, perhaps especially when it comes to our pain experience, often produces a defining moment in coming to terms with our dependence on God.

The Gift of Lament

The Gift of Lament

In our painful trials, God offers us the gift of lament as a place of brutal honesty regarding our pain and all its emotional baggage. And it is a gift. Even though lament is from our voice, it is offered in the presence of a listening and compassionate God. In our lament he brings his presence to our pain. How do we use the gift of lament to hold onto hope in the midst of suffering and difficulties?