Ladies for Life

“Refusing to suffer is refusing to live”

Posted on: February 10, 2011

As the subtitle of this Chelsea Zimmerman article puts it: ‘When human fear masquerades as compassion, lives cannot be lived to their fullest because the fear is in control.’

This reminds me, I was reading The City of God by Saint Augustine, but took what was supposed to be a short break, and that was weeks and weeks ago. He had, if I remember right, observations that run along these same lines, and a few things to say about the pagan culture that nurtured a terror of suffering. For that matter, since my stint with Augustine, I’ve been delving into Puritan writings of a few hundred years ago, and they understood suffering as a part of a full life, too. In a similar vein, I can also recommend the Streams in the Desert devotional by Cowman (particularly the original devotional, not the ‘updated’ version), which pulls together writings from many authors, all devoted to the upsides of trials, for those who do not flee from them.

Zimmerman blogs at Reflections of a Paralytic. It’s not a blog I’m familiar with, but I’ve appreciated what I’ve seen of it, browsing around in it today.

hat tip: Paul Mitchell facebook post


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