As I was praying this morning it dawned on me (again) what a beautiful gift adversity is. It allows us to suffer, opening our hearts to God and to each other. Identifying with Christ and following in his path means trials will come. They make us turn from our ability and power and lean on the One who overcomes death. As we suffer we become aware of the suffering of others. Our attention is diverted from ourselves to others, which is the very essence of the gospel. Jesus comes into our adversity in weakness. He doesn’t bring a gospel that removes suffering and pain, but a gospel that identifies with our adversity and invites us into his presence. God with us, indeed. The world is changed by weakness, not strength.