Last week, I was doing a seminar about some of the central themes of my book. We were discussing suffering, God’s sovereignty, and His emotional response to the suffering of His people. One of the main things I tried to emphasize was that pain is the common denominator of humanity; because we live in a broken world, the question isn’t “if” in terms of pain and suffering; the question is what happens next. We got finished with the seminar and the folks started to disperse, but one young woman held back.
She explained to me that she works in an urban area mostly with young girls who have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives. One, for example, just had the anniversary of the death of her sister in a gang shoot out. Another was a victim of sexual abuse. Most of the rest had at least a sense of abandonment since their mother, father, or both are absent.
She resonated with my premise that pain is one of the things that links us together in our humanity. She lives it every day, even if the young women she works with don’t realize it. But she did ask for my perspective on what is a deceptively simple question:
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