Pain Doesn’t Take A Holiday: An Invitation to Listen

Due to the fact that I am submitting this post on Thanksgiving I struggled with feeling obligated to offer some words about gratitude, a Biblical perspective on feasting, or something that might make those of you reading this feel warm on the inside. That is not what this post is going to be about today.

I also happen to live in St. Louis and as much as I didn’t want to write about what is happening in our City due to the recent events in Ferguson it is simply too important to remain silent about. However, I can assure you that I won’t be sharing my opinion about the grand jury decision, systemic injustice, or quoting enlightening phrases about love.

Rather, I want to remind you this morning of the one experience we all share in our humanity – pain. It may be possible for a person to live their entire life and not recall a single moment when they felt truly loved. This is indeed tragic, but I can say with 99.9% confidence that there is not a human who has walked the earth that has escaped pain. Pain is the common denominator to our human experience. Continue reading