Ministering from the Messiness of Suffering

There are different kinds of sick people. Some people are good sick people, and they just sleep until they feel better. Some people are reckless sick people who just keep going through their day infecting everyone else. But when I was younger, I was a weepy sick person. I would get to a point where I just couldn’t take feeling sickly anymore and would just start crying while saying, “I’m suffering” over and over again. It was kind of pathetic. I would like to think I have grown out of that stage for the most part, but now looking back I can’t help but feel sorry for my whole family that had to endure what I deemed as “suffering.” As we grow, our definition of suffering expands, shapes, changes, and becomes more life like. It is no longer just a measly stomach bug that fits into that category, (although…

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