Dark Night of the Soul

I have been following Dan Cummings’ battle with cancer and his honest and articulate discussion of what he is going through. His is one of those cases where you put your hand to your mouth and are silent, because you realize you have absolutely nothing to say, nothing to help. He is particularly poignant in his latest post where he admits his difficulties struggling with where God is in all of this. One quote:

Physical pain is the door through which our affections, our mind, our faith is attacked…in extreme physical pain the war is for faith in God, faith in future grace…unbelief and idolatry seduce us with relief—we are seduced to believe that God is not good, He cannot be trusted, His promises are suspect, He is irrelevant to life’s experience, He is hidden, He doesn’t care, He is silent.

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