Painful Platitudes

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Have you ever heard one of these platitudes in response to your own, or someone else’s, pain? However well-intentioned, they are woefully inadequate:

*It must have been God’s will. God is in control.*
*Don’t feel bad. God will work it all out for good.*
*God wanted your stillborn baby more than you did.*
*I know how you feel.*
*You have to get over this and get on with your life.*
*Be strong. God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle.*

Dr. Karen Mason has written an outstanding brief article that I want to commend to all of Christ Church this week, not only for the sake of those who are now in a place of pain, but also as training for all of us in how to love our neighbors, friends, small group members, family, roommates and co-workers. I have never seen an article so articulate, concise and “spot-on” when it comes to our loving response to the suffering of others. You can find the article here, originally printed in Contact magazine, the quarterly journal of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.