Thursday, July 12, 2007

God and suffering

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

"It’s good to learn early enough that suffering and God are not a contradiction but rather a unity, for the idea the God himself is suffering is one that has always been of the most convincing teachings of Christianity. I think God is nearer to suffering than to happiness, and to find God in this way gives peace and rest and a strong a courageous heart."

amen and amen

3 comments:

Maxine said...

Amen.That is why you see so much nearness to God among our persecuted brethren.

I.I. said...

And so much disappointment here. We just think somehow that knowing God knocks the sharp edges off life -- but it makes many of them a whole lot sharper.

Cami said...

This quote gave me goosebumps for the pure fellowship in it...yes, God suffers with us, He is a wonderful, matchless Lord.