Death and suffering are usually seen as downers. Not for the Christian. It’s not that we enjoy such events—hardly. We can lament with the best of them. But we lament in the context of redemption, knowing that nothing can separate us from Love, and that all things work together for our good.
This issue is a happy accident, as two longer articles explore the “good news” about suffering. And the third article about wheat/bread, while not about suffering, does harken to one of Jesus’ sayings, “. . . unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).
This is a perfect theme for a magazine about wonder. What’s more mysterious than strength that comes from weakness, and life that emerges from death?
—Mark Galli, co-editor
- The Dance of Suffering and Love
What to do with our grief for the world. /
- Wheat and Bread by the Numbers
Common foods, rich with history and biblical meaning. /
- Precious Oil, Mingled with Tears
Hope happens here at this nexus of bitter and sweet. /
‘It is the singular gift / we cannot destroy in ourselves’ /
- Wonder on the Web
Links to amazing stuff /