suffering with others all the way

Daniel L. Migliore, in his insightful (and hard to find) book, Pastor as Prophet, writes:

The passion of God not only motivates us to eliminate whatever suffering can be eliminated; it also empowers us to accompany our brothers and sisters into regions of darkness where suffering can no longer be eliminated; it enables and invites us to share suffering where efforts to overcome it prove futile; it frees us to continue a ministry of compassion and shared grief at the point where those who are guided by criteria of utitlity and success cease their efforts.

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Heidi

    What deep and insightful thoughts!

  • Jill

    Having just come through a period of down time,( not what I could truthfullly call suffering), but difficult nonetheless……….I had a thought. While I still believe its possible, the Big Rescues dont often happen. I may want my trouble to magically disappear, but its the “by the grace of God journey through” along with the kindnesses of others that gave the whole event meaning.