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A Child of Suffering

Weekly Devotionals

A Child of Suffering

Today we mourn the loss of 50 people in New Zealand from another senseless shooting spree. They are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and each has a name, a testimony to tell, and are made in the image of God. I cannot begin to comprehend why someone would want to murder women and children. Most suffering is incomprehensible but especially at times like this when there’s such a disconnect between reality and perception.

One of my favorite quotes is from Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Brothers Karamazov.

“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, for all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.”

I honestly don’t know if I can believe what Dostoevsky wrote. Can all the pain and suffering in the world be justified one day? Will something so precious come to pass that all the blood shed will seem like a mirage? This quote is prefaced with the assumption that we believe like a child.

Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13.

In times of mourning, there are no simple answers but there is simple faith. I pray that we may learn to be little children who believe the promises of the Father, especially when we can’t comprehend the reasons for pain.

Blessings and peace.