Why Does it Hurt?

21 01 2010

Hey guys,

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a devo, sorry about that. We’ve started a new year and a new semester….new routines and new expectations.  We’ve seen the colossal tragedy in Haiti and asked:


“How does God allow this to happen?” 

“Why so much hurt and pain?”

The answer to those questions may not come easily but the truth is that in all of life…our God fiercely loves His creation.

Tell Me What Hurts You

by Brennan Manning

An old Hasidic rabbi, Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev in the Ukraine , used to say that he discovered the meaning of love from a drunken peasant.  The rabbi was visiting the owner of a tavern in the Polish countryside.  As he walked in, he saw two peasants at a table.  Both were gloriously in their cups.  Arms around each other, they wer protesting how much each loved the other.  Suddenly Ivan said to Peter, “Peter, tell me what hurts me. “  Bleary eyed, Peter looked at Ivan.  “How do I know what hurts you?”  Ivan’s answer was swift: “If you don’t know what hurts me, how can you say you love me?”

Do you know what made Jesus so loving a person, the greatest lover in history?  He knew what hurt us.  He knew then and he knows now – the loves and hates, hopes and fears, the joys and sadnesses of each of us.  This is not pious poetry.  The risen Jesus is not a vague figure in outer space.  His resurrection did not remove him from us; it simply made it possible for him to touch not only Naim but New Orleans , not only Magdalene but me.  Christian living makes no sense unless we believe that at this moment, Jesus knows what hurts us.  Not only knows but, knowing, seeks us out – whatever our kind of poverty or pain, however we weep, wherever we feel unloved.

 Don’t be afraid.
Dear Zion ,
   don’t despair.
Your God is present among you,
   a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
   and delight you with his songs.

Zeph. 3:16-17 (MSG)

 Have a great week!  Praying for you!

 To the King!


 P.S.  Consider coming to our upcoming WYM Winter Retreat.  The theme is “Building Up the Body of Christ.”  Let me know if you’d like to come but can’t afford the $15 registration fee…we can make it happen!





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