This is another picture from my daily walks. This is an old house--think from the 1800's in our town. I believe it has 8 gables. Three in front, three in back and one on each end if I recollect correctly!
I have been reading Yancey's book on "Where is God When it Hurts?" why? you ask? So many of my friends are experiencing pain--all kinds of pain. Some physical, some emotional, mental, etc. Plus I have been reading Job in my devotions. Anyways I wanted to give an extended quote that Yancey adapted from another source and put it here so I have a copy and can think more on it.
"1. Suffering, the great equalizer, brings us to a point where we may realize our urgent need for redemption.
2. Those who suffer know not only their dependence on God and on healthy people but also their interdependence with one another.
3. Those who suffer rest their security not on things, which often cannot be enjoyed and may soon be taken away, but rather on people.
4. Those who suffer have no exaggerated sense of their own importance, and no exaggerated need of privacy. Suffering humbles the proud.
5. Those who suffer expect little from competition and much from cooperation.
6. Suffering helps us distinguish between necessities and luxuries.
7. Suffering teaches patience, often a kind of dogged patience born of acknowledged dependence.
8. Suffering teaches the difference between valid fears and exaggerated fears.
9. To suffering people, the gospel sounds like good news and not like a threat or a scolding. It offers hope and comfort.
10. Those who suffer can respond to the call of the gospel with a certain abandonment and uncomplicated totality because they have so little to lose and are ready for anything.
"Reading over this list, I begin to realize why so many Christian saints have endured much suffering. Dependence, humility, simplicity, cooperation, abandon---these are qualities greatly prized in the spiritual life, but extremely elusive for people who live in comfort.
"My understanding of the Beatitudes has undergone a radical change. I no longer see them as a sop thrown by Jesus to the unfortunates of the world. I view them not as patronizing slogans, but as profound insights into the mystery of human existence. The poor, the hungry, the mourners, and those who suffer truly are blessed. Not because of their miserable states, of course---Jesus spent much of his life trying to remedy those miseries. Rather, they are blessed because of an innate advantage they hold over people more comfortable and self-sufficient. "
Well, these are some things for me to think on.