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God Meets Us When We Suffer - Interview with KJ Ramsey

April 14, 2020 Kay Helm with KJ Ramsey Episode 39
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God Meets Us When We Suffer - Interview with KJ Ramsey
Apr 14, 2020 Episode 39
Kay Helm with KJ Ramsey

We are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and my guest is therapist, and author KJ Ramsey. We’re taking about pain and suffering, our bodies and stress, grief, and our communion with Christ.

We tend to think that more effort should produce a blessing. When we suffer, we might question our faith, or we might question whether we have a strong enough prayer life, or wonder if there's more we could do to earn God's favor. 

K.J. says, "I think that for me, finding hope and suffering and finding joy in suffering, being able to be resilient within vast amounts of uncertainty. That has largely come through dwelling in the scripture and seeing what the whole scripture says about what is the story that God is writing in our world and where does my life fall within it." 

What becomes clear is that God chose to enter into our suffering.

Now, as we walk through the uncertainty of our times, in this coronavirus pandemic, we can know we are not alone. Still, we have lost much. Acknowledging that grief and allowing ourselves to grieve the losses is human and healthy. It's not a sign of a small faith, but rather, it's an invitation to draw close to God, who loves us.

"We cannot be unaffected by this grief. And so we have an invitation here to be honest about where we're at, but this is too heavy for us, and that we can set aside our striving and let our souls be where we're actually at...That's where we can experience the grace and rest of a God who loves us, not for what we do, but for existing because we're his children." - K.J. Ramsey

Links:
This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers
kjramsey.com
@kjramseywrites

Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. If you decide to purchase any of these resources, I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. 


Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/kayhelm)

Show Notes

We are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and my guest is therapist, and author KJ Ramsey. We’re taking about pain and suffering, our bodies and stress, grief, and our communion with Christ.

We tend to think that more effort should produce a blessing. When we suffer, we might question our faith, or we might question whether we have a strong enough prayer life, or wonder if there's more we could do to earn God's favor. 

K.J. says, "I think that for me, finding hope and suffering and finding joy in suffering, being able to be resilient within vast amounts of uncertainty. That has largely come through dwelling in the scripture and seeing what the whole scripture says about what is the story that God is writing in our world and where does my life fall within it." 

What becomes clear is that God chose to enter into our suffering.

Now, as we walk through the uncertainty of our times, in this coronavirus pandemic, we can know we are not alone. Still, we have lost much. Acknowledging that grief and allowing ourselves to grieve the losses is human and healthy. It's not a sign of a small faith, but rather, it's an invitation to draw close to God, who loves us.

"We cannot be unaffected by this grief. And so we have an invitation here to be honest about where we're at, but this is too heavy for us, and that we can set aside our striving and let our souls be where we're actually at...That's where we can experience the grace and rest of a God who loves us, not for what we do, but for existing because we're his children." - K.J. Ramsey

Links:
This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers
kjramsey.com
@kjramseywrites

Disclosure: Links may be affiliate links. If you decide to purchase any of these resources, I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. 


Support the show (https://www.paypal.me/kayhelm)