Suffering as a Christian

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:3–7 LSB)

I was born in 1951. I guess to some people that makes be old and not worth listening to. Since I retired at the end of 2021 it is as if my wife and I have been thrown on the ash heap when it comes to things like medical care and insurance, etc. However, that is not even close to what I see as the what it so wrong right now….

For awhile I though it was the political agenda wrapped around Covid-19 and how it has changed our society in ways that are not positive at all. There is that, but then I have had friends and relatives who have suffered from very severe cases of Covid that resulted in them getting Pneumonia and coming close to death. One of the men who was part of our Small Group in our Church who left to start his own Small Group contracted Covid and had to be hospitalized. He died there. So, my own two infections of it plus my brother’s and my friends getting very severe cases tells me it is a very real disease. However, just as we looked as if we were getting past that then Putin invades Ukraine. View article →