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It’s always a challenge when speaking on difficult issues like pain and suffering. Take Sunday for example. With the cold rainy gloomy weather outside, how many of us really wanted to come and hear about trials and tragedy? Frankly, I wasn’t particularly thrilled with raising this issue. However, if we hope to make this journey through life with our faith in tact, we have to accurately understand what God tells us about the world in which live and breath. According to Jesus, the sad and troubling experiences we all face take no particular aim at wickedness and take no particular detours around righteousness. They simply come as part of the broken, random rhythm of a world out of sync. Even though life doesn’t always go the way we think it should, ultimately it is God’s gift to us. Life is a good and wonderful thing.

Every Sunday, there are always more thoughts or ideas I’d like to share when speaking, but time doesn’t allow. I was hoping to tell everyone about an interesting perspective on pain I heard in a recent song – but couldn’t get to it. But I can now.

Musician and recording artist John Mayer writes the song, which in my opinion reflects a healthy – even biblical view of pain and our best response to it. I have no reason to believe Mayer is a man of faith, but he certainly seems to have acquired some degree of wisdom and insight – as least when it come to this difficult topic.

The song is entitled, “The Heart of Life.” Here are the lyrics.

I hate to see you cry
Laying there in that position
There’s things you need to hear
So turn off your tears and listen

Pain throws you heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won’t all go the way, it should
But I know the heart of life is good

You know it’s nothing new
Bad news never had good timing
But then the circle of your friends
Will defend the silver lining

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won’t all go the way, it should
But I know the heart of life is good

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good

I know it’s good.

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Ok...so you've located the place where I put down my random thoughts. The key word here is random: music, sports, art, food, books, news, spiritual musings, weird stories, etc. I'm especially interested in how everyday experiences of life intersect with the ancient stories of Scripture. Thanks for reading.
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