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Today I bemoan yet another day my recent path of affliction has ruined. And on Sunday, no less. Well, pooh.

This being called to a life of suffering for over thirty years, while never running lean on grace, has its moments with frustration.

So thankful that, on this ‘day of perpetual reminding’ – the reminding of His delight in my weakness*, that is – I ran across this tidbit of welcome inspiration from James Innell, more widely known as J.I. –

God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away. To live with your ‘thorn’ uncomplainingly — that is, sweet, patient, and free in heart to love and help others, even though every day you feel weak — is true sanctification. It is true healing for the spirit. It is a supreme victory of grace.

– J.I. Packer

My wife and I are scheduling some episodes on the Pasture’s Podcast, fixating on the theme of “Unfixable.” The thought is, how does one find the fight and will to go on – in joy – when things don’t get fixed? When your prodigal doesn’t come home, or your spouse doesn’t get healed, when that prayer isn’t answered, when that divorce happened anyway, when the tomorrow you looked forward to yesterday looks a heckuva lot like the today you’re presently enduring…

…and we think we’ve found the perfect inspiration piece to decorate our conversation:

Faith-healing is grand, but faith-enduring is grander.

– Charles Spurgeon

Stay tuned, beloved.

But mostly, keep clinging to grace. It’s all we’ve got.


* His delighting in our weakness means only that He sees the generous work of redeeming out of us all that is irredeemable, and the pouring in of all that prepares us for greater glory – and He deservedly takes joy in it. Selah.

Post Author: Pasturescott

9 Replies to “Thorns & Grace”

  1. “But mostly, keep clinging to grace. It’s all we’ve got.”

    And it’s all (more than all) that we will ever need.

    1. That would be wonderful. We covet the prayers and having those partnering with us on his behalf is of great value. We can see how we can connect soon. Praying for you and Sandy too!

    1. If ever they hurt, they usually do that to me first lol. Hopefully I’ve lessened the sting, Sam. Seriously bro, thank you for being one of my primary encourages (no kidding) in the past several months.

  2. Scott and Sandy, we cherish the transparency and utter dependence that throws all of us in front of the Divine mirror of God’s grace. So many, many hurting souls that we care for and long for healing of their souls, minds, bodies…..”were it not for grace…” Thank you for coming back to us. We continued to lift you to our loving Lord. Oh, how He does care.

    1. Your sweet words carry such weight, such deeper intimacy, yes, maturity. I’m honored to know you Kathi – from those early days in Weigles, to sharing His life through the ensuing decades across these platforms. God’s increased goodness and joy be yours! Thank you for adding to this rich dialogue, from my heart.

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