holylentSometimes I just don’t know what to do with pieces of Scripture.  This is from today’s reading from Romans.

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not disappoint us,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Because while I know that this can be true, I also know that sometimes suffering crushes us. That sometimes hope, no matter how divine, just isn’t enough.

Paul’s point is more about Christ than about us. But I still can’t read Romans 5 with ease.  I am relieved that faith does not require understanding.