Waiting for Morning
Seeking God In Our Suffering
by James R. Kok
|God's people have always asked questions in the face of suffering
- both their own suffering and the suffering of others they love. Jim Kok
answers them. Not with explanations. Not with reasoned theological arguments.
He answers them as a pastor who has been on the front lines of the human
experience. He knows that the right response to "Why me?"
is often "Lo, I will be with you, even to the end of the world."
Jim Kok's replies - they are more replies than answers - belong to the wisdom tradition. For example, he understands the reality of denial, that emotional anesthetic that cushions us from the full impact of our pain. There are times when facing reality is too much; it would destroy us. So God gives us the grace of partial understanding and of partial answers, necessary for temporary survival.
The wisdom in this book knows the peculiarities of pain. In their suffering some people turn from their godlessness to their Savior. For some suffering ripens service. Some take the way of bitterness. Some know all the answers to suffering and never benefit from it.
This is not a book of easy answers. Jim Kok struggles in pain but also in faith and comes finally to embrace God. Rather, he comes finally to find God embracing him.
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