Suffering Confronts Me My heart is troubled and restless. Days of suffering torment me. I walk in gloom, without sunlight. I stand in the public square and cry for help. JOB 30:27-28 (NLT) Some time after Dave’s amputation, I was driving to the cleaners, taking his suits to be altered. (We get the left sleeve cut off and have a shoulder built in, so the suit doesn’t look awkward on his body.) I looked over at the suits and thought about what I was doing. Not only about the sleeveSEE DETAILS
Loss Job continued speaking: “I long for the years gone by when God took care of me, when he lit up the way before me and I walked safely through the darkness. When I was in my prime, God’s friendship was felt in my home. The Almighty was still with me, and my children were around me.” JOB 29:1-5 (NLT) The hardest part of suffering isn’t the pain; it’s the loss. In Job 29 the suffering patriarch reminisces over all he’s lost. I know what that’s like. I’ve lost somethingSEE DETAILS
TORN TO PIECES You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? JOB 18:4 (NIV) (Bildad – One of Job’s “friends”) Dr. Gary Oliver gave me a way of dealing with my anger. He introduced me to what he calls “The Anger Curve.” He draws a curved arch and along the ascending line writes, “hurt, frustration, fear.” At the height of the arch goes the word “anger.” He then explains how many people (including me) don’t register much – if anySEE DETAILS
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