Quote Friday

2 11 2012

Christians dealing with brokenness and tragedy do not hurt less but do hope more.

Mark Tubbs

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2 11 2012
Susanne Schuberth (Germany)

And that’s the way it’s got to be: I love your quote like fish the sea 🙂

Honestly, I believe it is true…that brokenness and tragedy might lead to more hope in the end although it can happen in the midst of a tragedy that we do lose hope temporarily. Therefore I find it comforting that we don’t need to rely on ‘our own’ hope (that is, watching our own shadow of peace/love/joy/hope disappear somewhere in the dark), but that we may trust in God that He will give us what we need (that is, hope and peace in the dawn after the dark night), even when we lose sight of Him completely due to bad circumstances.

And regarding pain, I would say that Christians sometimes actually hurt more than others because they feel pain deeper in their hearts due to the indwelling Spirit who in fact shares their pain. However, beginning afresh with “new” God-given hope we might be comforted in a way unknown to non-Christians:

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)

PS
Fiona, I must admit that I am obsessed with commenting on quotes. Maybe, this is due to the fact that they are somehow taken out of context, so that one can read almost everything into them. Yet not always; I think your quote above is rather unambiguous in its message, isn’t it?

6 11 2012
feemail

Thanks, Susanne, I agree with what you said. It is a great relief we are not relying on our own hope (just wishful thinking, or grim determination to get through) but have a sure foundation, a comforter and helper, and a future planned for us that goes beyond our understanding. It helps me to put any trial or sorrow in an eternal perspective – eg, How will I look back on this in 4000 years time, when the vast majority of that time has been spent in the presence of Jesus and apart from sin and death?

I’m not sure if I’m explaining it very well!!

Good to hear from you, thanks!

6 11 2012
Susanne Schuberth (Germany)

Very well put, Fiona. Your example “moved swiftly into my mind”: It’s crystal clear! All right, let’s have a nice long talk about it…in 4000 years’ time 😉

Love,
Susanne

7 11 2012
feemail

Hahaha – it’s a date!

7 11 2012
Susanne Schuberth (Germany)

Righto – it’s a date,
Hopefully, I won’t be late 🙂

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