"Job never knew why God allowed him to suffer. He never knew.
But he came to the point where he believed that God knew,
and he was prepared to leave the answer with God.
That is the secret.
I have never met anyone yet who ‘conquered’ suffering
properly and hadn’t come to that same point:
I don’t know why, but I believe God does and I am going to trust Him.”
- David Pawson, Spoken sermon, Problems of Faith in Modern Society
"God wants you to experience tribulations without comfort so you can fully surrender yourself to Him, and grow more humble through suffering. Those who suffer like Christ will feel in their hearts the passion of Christ. The Cross stands ready and waiting for you everywhere. You can't escape from it, wherever you go you take yourself with you and always find yourself. Look upwards or downwards, inwards or outwards and you will find the Cross everywhere. So, if you wish to attain inner peace and win the eternal crown, you must be patient in all things."
- Thomas á Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
In the excruciating monochrome of daily chores,
the savage and the predatory feed.
Ignorance and deception move hand in hand,
enfolding their barren forms into human thought and action.
Across the land, familiar pairings of victim and oppressor
engage in their carnal battles of distraction.
The avoidance of generations unravels at the seams.
Fast, fleshy temptations slice through the hollow loop
of the modern and the mundane -
this mortal vessel is vulnerable to the call of oblivion.
Parasitic, painful and strange:
here is the splendour and obscenity of our descent into the material.
We dwell in boundless landscapes of futility,
stifled by the immensity of despair.
In subservience, such fathomless sadness.
In vanity, such beautiful diversion.
The weight of the unfelt rests heavy on sensing shoulders -
it is hard to be in this realm.
Set apart in the intimacy of suffering,
we remain at liberty to learn.
4th July, England.