I just read this post about suffering/Suffering and felt convicted that the post I was preparing to write for this week might be better replaced with one on gratefulness. Admittedly, I use the word “suffering” to describe my physical pain and loss of ability, but there are many who are Suffering in ways that I can only imagine. When I think of them, I pray for their comfort and endurance while also praying thankfulness for my blessings.
As I have lain upon the bed of painful flesh, I have learned to appreciate the comfortable pillow that cradles my head. When my head and body beat with the pulses of my blood, I gratefully reflect on the temperature-controlled room that prevents my heart from beating faster. My parched throat reminds me that I haven’t been able to swallow water without a lurching stomach, but the love from a caring daughter calms my body so that I can drink purified water that is available for the taking at multiple faucets throughout the house. Yes, God has truly provided many blessings that ease my suffering. These comforts that I used to take for granted are absent from the lives of many who Suffer around the world.
The greatest blessing of all is available to everyone though. We recently celebrated the risen Christ who died to pay for the sins of all who would receive His Gift of forgiveness. The power demonstrated in His ability to rise from the grave provides testimony to the truth of His ability to fulfill His promises. Each believer will also rise from death to a life without suffering or Suffering. For this, I am eternally grateful.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.