Author Steve Reed has been there a time or two himself. His answer? What he calls the "suffering clause" of Christianity, John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Way too many Christians seem to think God's blessings are all happy, sweet, cheery. It's not that way all the time. Many times, what makes us grow are the times when we cry or hurt or stand amazed at being abandoned by the very people we counted on.
Yet we find ourselves transformed not so much by the joyous times as by the times that stretched our faith. The message should be that God's grace will carry us where we can't walk on our own.
Perhaps Mr. Reed's book is best summarized by the song printed in the last chapter, Blessings by Laura Story. Listen to it HERE.
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