Sarah Edward’s Theology of Suffering

I read this last night:

“What shall I say: A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore his goodness that we had him so long. But my God lives; and he has my heart. O what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left to us! We are all given to God: and there I am and love to be. Your ever affectionate mother, Sarah Edwards.”


Oh to face tragedy with this confidence and total assurance. Today I am learning to mourn with those who mourn. I am realizing that our response in times of suffering all comes down to proper theology, a right understanding of God and His sovereignty. Therein lies our hope on this side of eternity in the midst of deep sorrow. I hope and pray that I could respond like Sarah in the face of suffering.


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