“While other worldviews lead us to sit in the midst of life’s joys,
foreseeing the coming sorrows,
Christianity empowers its people to sit in the midst of this world’s sorrows,
tasting the coming joy.”
(deep in the woods, a single leaf falls / Julie Cook / 2018)
Does God know anything about pain?
Does God know what I suffer?
Did God ever have a migraine headache, as if his head was crowned with thorns?
Does God know anything about the wounded hands and feet that are brought into the
accident wards of hospitals?
Does God know anything about the starvation in India and Africa?
Did he ever go without food for two days?
Or three? Or five?
Does God know anything about homelessness?
Was he ever without a home? Does he know what it is to be a refugee?
To flee from one country to another?
Does he know what it is to be in jail?
To be the victim of scourging? Does God know any of these things? Yes.
God is in Christ reconciling the world to himself.
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
from Through the Year with Fulton Sheen
To think that God in his perfection became one of us just so he could carry our sins to the cross, is the epitome of love.
It is pretty overwhelming ☺️
Here ya go Just a bit of Southern Gospel from the Booth Brothers….Who Knows Tomorrow
You are most welcome, Julie!
I love the Booth Brothers, but I don’t think I have heard this one. Thanks, Wally.
That fellow has such a smooth voice
That he does, but they also have a sense of what songs work. Then I met the Master, Ask the Blind Man (The Blind Man Saw it All), In Christ Alone. They sound good, but they carry a great message.
Yeah, and When I Met the Master can’t be sung by just anybody either! You have to have some big air for that one.
WOW. Yes, He knows! This is beautiful.
Oh, my goodness, dear Julie! I was “wow”-ing after the first quote. Then, I read the second. Together, the two quotes take my breath away with their powerful Truth! Thank you; thank you for this amazing post. ❤ and huge hugs!! ❤ ❤
Julie, I read your Keller quote and I thought of someone our prayer group is praying for. This person is an alcoholic and recently was diagnosed with returning cancer. Further treatment was refused, and this person has locked themselves in their house, unwilling to talk to anyone. At our prayer fellowship, there were comments about ‘cursing God’ and ‘falling off the wagon’. We can assume those things. The indicators are there, but it doesn’t mean the drawn conclusion is correct. This person may be suffering the sorrows and anticipating the Joy in solitude. It changes nothing about how we should pray. Thank you for this timely message as we all have our sorrows.
it’s great how The Holy Spirit can stir something in one person to share for what seems no real apparent reason…until someone else lets you know the reason…thanks Mark
Didn’t know you know Tim Keller!
I’ve read snippets about him…and I did enjoy his quote
More beautiful photos !!!
Thank you 🙂