Tuesday, October 11, 2016

powerful tenderness

Lewis asks, in a phrase that could bring tears to your eyes, how he can say with "sufficient tenderness" what he feels he must say about the reason we suffer, today in A Year with C.S. Lewis.

Lewis's tenderness reflects God's own. As much as it pains Lewis to say that kind, loving people suffer, so much more does it pain the heart of God to allow this suffering into their lives. But the tenderness of God is a mighty fire... a powerful flame that makes us into the children He is looking for, to live in His kingdom.

It takes great trust for us to look into His eyes and know that when we walk with Him, we won't be exempt from suffering. That walking closer to Him sometimes means greater suffering, not less.

But when we trust Him, and look deep into His gaze, we realize that the pain He allows us to endure diminishes to a nothingness in comparison to the joy that comes in the morning.

God, please help us look deeply.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

Such power and such love.