The Herb Of Grace

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Thursday, February 26th in the Season of Lent February 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Joel @ 1:32 am

If there’s anything we need some thoughtful reflection on, it’s suffering.  How many people have experienced another person’s insensitivity to their pain in preference for an agenda, religious or otherwise?  The best of the best mystics and saints have always come to this conclusion: that however the pain or the cause of the pain is to be viewed, God can be found in its depths.  The confession is that God uses our suffering for good.  This does not mean that the suffering was a good thing, not at all, but that God has taken it, ground it up, and used it as soil in which to grow a new seedling.

Joel Mason

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4 Responses to “Thursday, February 26th in the Season of Lent”

  1. And as Richard Rohr would say…. “Everything belongs”!

  2. masonmusic Says:

    well said Ben, or well quoted!

  3. alison pluim Says:

    These thoughtful meditations are much appreciated as a daily aide-memoire during this season of Lent. Thank you for finding palatable language to talk about these Christian traditions and for stirring our imaginations.

    In this particular post, I love how it is highlighted that ‘the best of the best mystics and saints have always come to this conclusion: that however the pain or the cause of the pain is to be viewed, God can be found in its depths’. That ‘God can be found in its depths’ makes me smile widely. This beautiful reflection however, is admittedly jolted by what follows (a confession of God being immanent in the suffering to mean he always uses our suffering for good). Do we necessarily need to draw this definitive conclusion? Could God’s imminence maintain/ hold more of a mystery concerning humanity’s suffering? Is it ours to make a moral verdict on goodness which invariably positions us to define what we mean by ‘good’? In my experience, defining good gets complicated, sometimes causing psychological dissonance (being told my sister’s MS diagnosis- at age 22- is ultimately God’s goodness being played out). For me it’s simply more lovely to consider that God is involved (period). rather than needing to know whether his involvement translates into my life as ‘good’ or ‘not good’ (whatever either of these may happen to mean).

  4. roger flyer Says:

    Good to see you back blogging Joel!

    We are not here to be happy, but are here to learn to be good…?


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