In a world where medical advances seem to promise cures for everything, it's tempting to believe that we can live free of pain. But we know that even the best medicine cannot forestall death and decay, or solve the riddles of mental and emotional illness. All of us will get sick, and all of us will die. How, then, to respond to the inevitability of suffering? And how to help those who live in fear of disease; people who spend their waking hours worrying about what the doctor said, or asking God to remove real or perceived burdens?
With childlike confidence in the possibility of miracles and a deep trust that the Creator is supremely wise and good, the Blumhardts point us away from our woes and to Jesus. As the Great Physician, he offers lasting comfort and healing without cost. And even in the face of agonizing death, Jesus lifts us out of our misery and restores our souls by offering the peace that passes all understanding.