Perspectives on Suffering

Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known. – Kara Tippets, terminal cancer patient

You might not have heard of Clayton McDonald or Kara Tippets. Clayton struggled with cancer for 12 years of his 18 year life. Kara is a mom of four children who is currently still battling breast cancer that has now metastasized into her entire body. Clayton understood and Kara understands that Jesus makes all the difference in suffering.
This is almost an 18-minute video, but take the time to listen to Clayton’s story of how he walked through his suffering:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” -Romans 8:18

“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” -2 Corinthians 4:17
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On Suffering: “Though You Slay Me”

“Though He slay me, I will hope in Him; yet I will argue my ways to His face.” -Job 13:15

“… The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” – Job 1:21

I’ll never forget hearing David Platt preach for the first time ever at a conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center back in 2005. At one point, he was talking about the sudden death of his father and he said these words with such emotion and certainty that I can still hear him speaking them in my head, ” The Lord takes away, but NEVER does He stop giving.”

Shane and Shane have written a beautiful song with a Biblical perspective on suffering.

Listen to Shane Barnard’s story behind the song here.

Check back tomorrow for more thoughts on how to walk through seasons of suffering.