Life has a way of beating us down and chipping away the joy we once had. Grief and losses, hard lessons learned, sins we have done to others or sins that have been done to us, have a way of diverting us from the pursuit of childlike joy. Our hopes and loves are no longer innocent but are borne our of suffering and longing. We may fondly remember the love of a God we had in our youth, however now we return to the relationship a little more sobered and wizened. We know we cannot repossess lost innocence or un-speak regrettable words, but we have the opportunity to begin anew – with a mature, prudent understanding of who we are and what we want.
It is right for us to expectantly gaze upon Jesus as he views our suffering. We learn that he does not want us to suffer at all, but with him we may have to look deep into our suffering, painful as it may be, so we can see the abundant compassion that he wants us to receive. His love combines with our suffering like twins. Love and suffering are twins. Jesus, out of great compassion, restores us to life and back to family and friends because he cannot bear to see us suffer.