The freedom we have as people of God is to not live in fear. Like Job, we have the freedom to rail against God for the things that are not our fault and we don’t understand. And in this freedom, somehow, we are able to find peace in our not knowing.
But even in the midst of this, life goes on. Even as we struggle to touch Jesus’ cloak, we are laying our own on the ground. Even as we prepare a meal for the Lord, we are preparing spices for his burial.
Yesterday’s suffering is still real and lasting even in the face of today’s miracle.
God of our salvation, we will still ask, “How long?” but regardless of your response, let us also respond with praise for your faithful and eternal love.
Can I know Christ if I am never poor, hungry, wretched or hated?
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