It is hard to escape the conclusion that God does not do his work in us apart from the experience of suffering and pain….Read more at: Connexions: House of Pain
If this is true, then churches will need to be places where such trials and tribulations can be openly admitted, dealt with and learnt from, rather than avoided and shoved under the carpet.*
* Graham Tomlin, Spiritual Fitness: Christian Character in a Consumer Culture (London / New York: Continuum, 2006), pp. 125-27.