Suffering

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Apr 01, 2015

We always interpret our suffering. A man said, “that is life” in response to his five-year-old son’s death. In other words, like all of nature, we are born and we die. That is life. Life is to die. All suffering is headed toward death. You can imagine that this man’s response had a measure of grief but was governed by fatalism. After the burial, he would get on with life and not look back as he, too, is headed toward death.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Mar 25, 2014

We will all suffer, of that there is no doubt. It is strange, then, that we are often unprepared for it. With that in mind, a useful exercise is to summarize Scripture and identify what words of God can guide us when things are hard. 

Here is my current list of ten things to do while suffering (it is always subject to ongoing refinement). 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Dec 12, 2013

“Almighty God, why have you done this to us? Have you no heart, no feelings? Have you no eyes to see with? Have you no ears to hear us with? You are wicked, O Lord, as wicked as a man.”

These are the words of a Jewish man who was watching people die while being driven in a dank, vomit and blood-laden, over-crowded truck from a ghetto in Hungary to Auschwitz. He had entered the extremes of human pain. Though laconic by nature, he could not hold back. He had to speak this anti-psalm.

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Ed Welch  - Video  - Nov 26, 2013

Ed Welch sits down and discusses how biblical counselors should think about secular psychotherapies.

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Oct 29, 2013

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Rom 12:12)

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Mike Emlet  - Video  - Oct 02, 2013

Mike Emlet sits down and answers the question "How do we love people who use suffering as an excuse for sin?"

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Winston Smith  - Video  - Sep 24, 2013

Winston Smith sits down and discusses how Christ helps us in our sufferings.

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Robyn Huck  - Blog Post  - Sep 23, 2013

The phone rings; you hear sirens in the background. She is in great pain, or big trouble, or complete confusion. How should you respond?

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Aug 19, 2013

When Christians get thrown into the fire, or go through an analogous horror, do they feel the pain as much as those who do not follow Jesus? 

Do Christians receive a mystical deliverance from suffering?

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Jun 28, 2013

Perhaps the hardest experience in the Christian life is to suffer and experience divine silence. It seems inconceivable. You lose a baby, you are shamefully victimized, or go through what feels like death itself, and you wonder, “Where is God? How could he be silent, distant or idly watching when this is happening?” If even bad fathers do something when their kids are being abused, why would the Good Father let us go through such turmoil without a peep?

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