Posts Tagged ‘struggle’

The Joy of Pain


Luke 2:8-14 Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: 11Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!”

Crying out to God


Have you ever had a bad day?  I don’t mean like you got cut off in traffic or you had too much homework.  I mean things like losing a loved one or finding out you have cancer or losing your job.  We all have kinda bad days once in awhile.  But then there are those things that are just devastating.  What do you do with that?  How do you get through times when it seems like life is falling apart.

Maybe you’ve asked the question, “Where is God in all this?’  And people like to come up with all sorts of reasons why you might be facing trouble, when all you really wanted was someone to be close to you, to comfort you in your suffering.  Well, the Bible speaks to just that kind of situation, and gives plenty of examples of other people who have had to deal with true hardships.

(The first few minutes got cut off of this talk, but it still holds together pretty well.)