There’s a strange tendency in the church to plaster over our hurts and wounds, and pretend that everything is ok. Part of us fears what people would think of us if we gave voice to our doubts and pain. Part of us fears the wounds that can come from unhelpful helpers and unwise counselors. But our calling as a church related to suffering is clear. We follow Jesus, the suffering servant, who called us to carry our crosses. We are to lose our lives so we can find them. For the world, suffering is pointless. But as the church, we offer to each other and the world the good news that while during suffering God may seem distant, God redeems all (Job 23:3, 8-10). Suffering for us is not pointless. Our suffering is refinement.