WPC Warm Up, December 2, 2013
Every creative act requires suffering. There's a dulcimer leaning on a shelf in my dining room. It took a week to build. I made lots of mistakes. Much of the time I felt awkward using unfamiliar tools. But all said and done there it sits as a testimony to the joy of creating something out of pieces of wood. Both Jesus and Paul (John 16:16–29; Romans 8:18–25) invite us to consider what we experience every day as "labor pain" that helps bring something good into this world. Pain happens to us. How we choose to respond to pain is called "suffering". Why we would choose to "suffer" (or endure) pain is informed by our belief that this somehow comes to something, instead of nothing. We have been given our "why" in the Incarnation, what the angel called "Joy" in this world. Now we can legitimately ask, "What is this about?" Even, "What is this for?" Joy is a defiant stance against pain.
Pastor Dick Thompson