You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed. John 11:50
Jesus’ whole life is a life that moved from action—from being in control, preaching, teaching, performing miracles—to passion, in which everything is done to him. He is arrested, whipped, crowned with thorns, and nailed to the cross. All this is done to him. The fulfillment of Jesus’ life on earth is not in what he did, but rather in what was done to him. Passion. Can we look at our lives in the same way? Acting is doing it yourself; passion is letting yourself be emptied to make space for God’s home. “Did not the Christ have to suffer and thus enter into his glory?”
The grateful life is to remember Jesus and try to imitate him when we are no longer in control of our situations, be they personal, or family, or other occasions of loss. Of course this does not mean that we remain in destructive situations or that we allow others to take away our integrity. But so often we must suffer loss and breakage, not because we deserve them but because of our human weakness. God is close to the brokenhearted and will support us as we forgive those who wound us. In moving from resentment to gratitude we tap into deep waters of inner freedom and love.
Lord, guide me through my pain to freedom.