This weeks Spiritual Discipline focus is on Suffering.
You can listen to the sermon exploration here.
But allow me to add to that an extra thought for today. Especially considering the much needed rain over the past few days. John Bunyan once wrote,
“The dark clouds bring rain when the bright bring none.”John Bunyan, Pilgrims Progress Introduction
In other words, it is a picture of the darkest times bringing something profitable and refreshing. It is not easy to hear in the midst of the lightning and thunder; but to see the rainbow that follows, the glorious greenery on parched lands, the smell of freshness, the revitalized flora. They are all things that don’t come with blue skies and sunshiny days. Perhaps it can be much the same in our own lives. The dark times bring growth when the easy times bring none.