All we have to do is live long enough and we will suffer. It is one of the universal principles at work in our world. Suffering is indiscriminate reaching all people in all places. Suffering is blind to our ethnicity and our checking account balances. It is indifferent to age, gender and education. Suffering has been a part of history. We can identify eras of suffering with single words like crusade, inquisition, slavery, holocaust, or 911. Suffering has multi-faceted dimensions. One may suffer as their physical body grapples with disease while another is bereaved by the loss of a loved one. Another may suffer financially during a down economy while another struggles to pick up the pieces of a marriage that has collapsed. Some may suffer quietly as they work through clinical depression while another struggles violently to be freed from an addiction.
The question on our lips is one of the prominent questions of the Bible. “I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me?” (Psalm 6:3, NLT) This weekend I’m beginning a series titled Broken. If you’re in the DSM area I’d like to invite you to come and worship with us. If not, I’ll be posting reflections each week about the previous weekend’s messages.