Which Road Will You Travel In Your Pain?


Becoming Bridge Builders

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John Donne, a 17th-century poet, experienced great pain. Because he married the daughter of a disapproving lord, he was fired from his job as assistant to Lord Chancellor, yanked from his wife, and locked in a dungeon. (This was when he wrote that succinct line of despair, “John Donne/ Anne Donne/ Undone.”) Later, he endured a long illness which sapped his strength almost to the point of death. In the midst of this illness, Donne wrote a series of devotions on suffering which rank among the most poignant meditations on the subject. In one of these, he considers a parallel: The sickness which keeps him in bed forces him to think about his spiritual condition. Suffering gets our attention; it forces us to look to God when otherwise we would just as well ignore Him. -Adapted from Philip Yancey, Where is God When it Hurts?

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