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Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

“The Stewardship of Pain”

Frederick Buechner is a writer, theologian and Presbyterian minister.

It was a warm summer day in Vermont when friend and fellow saint and sinner Molly Collins introduced me to Frederick Buechner at his longtime home.  That was some seven years ago. I remember at the time being struck by this well-known writer and thinker’s openness and honesty  with an otherwise complete stranger.  He shared his hospitality with us that day in the form of a bowl of soup, a tour of his home and his favorite authors.  (I was glad to know that we even shared the same favorite book in the form of The Brothers’ Karamazov.)

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But what struck me most was Buechner’s ability to speak about some of the pain in his life with a gentle and honest matter-of-factness, not pretending that the pain wasn’t there, not presenting a slick image, and certainly not indulging in self-pity, either.  Buechner’s recent thoughts on pain spoke to me this morning.  They come compliments of Abbie at Unsteady Saint:  http://unsteadysaint.com/frederick-buechner-on-the-stewardship-of-pain/

Buechner’s reflections beg the question: what does it mean to be a good steward of our pain?  Can pain ever be a gift?  If so, how do we “steward” it well?  Send your thoughts along and I’ll republish them for the benefit of the Fellowship.

 

 

 

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