There has been a lot on my facebook feed in the past few months about suffering, about death with dignity, about loss, about illness, about all sorts of things that are big and scary. This week in particular there have been stories about Kara Tippetts. Have you read anything by or about her? It’s incredible. Her story touches me in an extra tender zone this week, as our dear friends are fighting a very similar battle with terminal cancer.
Ann Voskamp wrote a blog post in light of Kara’s passing that is profoundly good. Truly. It’s like God’s Spirit is speaking through every word. She talks about suffering, about the art of dying well, and, ultimately — about how walking through suffering and death is our opportunity to live well.
I love this.
It challenges and encourages every part of my soul. That suffering is, at the core, good. That God graciously allows us to live and die well, should we so choose. That eternity will be here in the blink of an eye, though it will seem long and drawn out for those waiting on Earth. Powerful, painful, encouraging, tender. Please read it.
May I willingly step into suffering deeper today, knowing God is there, and may He give me glimmers of what living well here on Earth looks like.
Job 36:15 “But those who suffer He delivers in their suffering; He speaks to them in their affliction.”
*side note from me — notice it does not say He delivers FROM their suffering… His goodness happens IN the suffering. so powerful and convicting!*