the mystery of suffering

Large Cross in Rotterdam, by Peter van der Sluijs

O Lord, we pray for all
  who are weighed down with the mystery of suffering.
Reveal yourself to them as the God of love
  the one who bears all sufferings.
Grant that they may know
  the suffering borne in fellowship with thee
  is not waste or frustration,
  but can be turned to goodness and blessing
  greater than if they had never suffered,
through him who on the cross suffered rejection and hatred,
  loneliness and despair, agonizing pain and physical death,
  and rose victorious from the dead,
  conquering and to conquer,
  even Jesus Christ, our Lord.

George Appleton, 1902 – 1993, who served in England, Burma, Australia, and Jerusalem, slightly altered


The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God,
and if children, then heirs—
heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ,
provided we suffer with him
in order that we may also be glorified with him.

One thought on “the mystery of suffering

  1. I pray this prayer over all our brothers and sisters around the world in prison for their faith, fleeing persecution, living in squalor, or without basic necessities. For Jesus sake.


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