Stop trying to fix this. Stop trying to fix me. Please.
I’m in pain. I’m hurting. I’ve messed things up.
I’ve heard all your “answers” before – your well-meaning advice. And I agree with you. I acknowledge the truth. Yes, I know I’ll get through this. Yes, I know it is making me stronger, and Yes, I know God is with me.
But it still hurts.
You see, smart answers and good theology and wise practical instruction are rarely helpful in the midst of suffering. What I need – what I really need – is for you just to listen. To be with me in my pain without trying to fix it, or go around it, or smooth it over. To have the courage to sit with me when there is nothing to say, and say nothing.
For sure, a healthy perspective on pain and a good theology of suffering can certainly…
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