For Times of Great Pain

“The purpose of life is not to just be happy. The purpose of life my love, is to feel. You must understand that your pain..is essential” – Christopher Poindexter

“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett

Writings that discuss the beauty of life are more often much more desirable than those that dwell in the hardships. However, when we are at that point where we’ve heard about one too many heartbreaks, of one too many deaths, and receive more news to terrify us, those writings that face the ache head on can be the only ones that resonate with us. They’re the only ones that make sense when we see how feeble we are in this world.

When life hurts us and people leave us, we face some harsh truths and huge discouragement as we face our fragility.

The bible confronts this often. In John 16:33, it’s emphasized: life is HARD. God knows it’s rough. He feels our pain.

But quickly it’s pointed out that Christ overcame death. How death is no longer the end. That since we are Christians and have His hope in us, this act has defeated the grave for us. In doing so, He has made us tough enough to make it through. What is more, John describes how Jesus became a man, “He became flesh, and dwelt among us!” He came down to feel our pain with us. He didn’t only triumph over it and move forward, He first felt it. And He still does today.

It’s okay if we don’t always feel this hope. It’s okay if the present hurts too much to think about eternity right now. First we can feel the pain and feel it fully. God feels it with us. But then we take heart and recognize it’s temporary and we are on our way to the eternal.

Lastly, some words from a bear:
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”—Winnie the Pooh

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