Much of Christianity, in ways hard to grasp, asks us to allow in the suffering of others. To permit their suffering access into the tidy arrangements of our lives and in so doing allowing us “to be there differently.”
The recent bombing in Lahore bring that great unsettling truth to mind. A suicide bomber attacking a family carnival. Over 70 killed, Over 200 injured. Such events should matter.
The attack itself is hard to imagine. Hard to imagine someone so tragically warped by a misguided view of God they would purposefully kill innocent families in the name of faith. Hard to imagine the shattering loss those families must feel. Hard to imagine those traumatized children who experienced that bombing and survived. What cracked imprint will that event leave in shaping their future lives?
So what can we do? Maybe for now, we can simply let that suffering into our hearts. Allow it purchase. Not to immobilize us with fear or worry. But to humbly say yes to God – a brokenhearted God – in new ways. Ways born of suffering.
“To say yes … is not withdrawal from the struggles of the world. But it is to be there differently.” (Walter Breuggemann)