Hope in pain
“ ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 (NIV)
On a recent ‘News at Ten’ programme there was a special report on Somalia, an African country suffering from 30 years of war, and now ravished by severe drought and famine. People are fleeing parched fields and country areas to the outskirts of large cities, where there is more hope of work and aid.
A mother told of the death of her 10-year-old son. His body lies buried by the side of their tent. She has no time to grieve for him as she has to find work to support her other four children. Her 11-year-old son does not cry as she mentions his favourite brother. Yet you could see the breath being squeezed out of his chest, his cheeks rising and slowly dropping, then his jaw rising, and he seemed to swallow. Waves of grief run up and down his face. A more cogent picture of suffering, inner pain, and deep grief could not but tug at my heart and my eyes flooded with tears. A boy on the other side of the world: we will likely never meet, and he will never know that the Lord has put him in my heart to pray for him, and thus share in Christ’s love for him.
Somalia, Ukraine, Iran, and so on: the world is a hurting place and we don’t know what will happen from day to day or what we may have to face. None of us is immune to hurt and sorrow, but the compassion we feel for those who are hurting does not originate with us. We do not care more than God. He shares his sorrow for a hurting world with us, and he has done something about it. He sent his Son to make all things new and during that process we participate in his care, until his Kingdom comes.
Lord, our Lord, who knows what suffering and pain is like, we pray for your Kingdom to come, and for your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Speed your coming, Lord we pray. We thank you that we have the hope and sure promise of your return to make all things right again. Amen.
Study by Christina Campbell
About the writer:
Christina Campbell attends the Glasgow congregation of Grace Communion International where she is a speaker and Bible Study facilitator.
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