This is the tenth week for my personal challenge to write sonnets through the Book of Job. I began this journey back in October and ten weeks in, a pattern is emerging. If it seems as though there’s similarity between the chapters so far, it’s because there is! Job’s former life was relatively uncomplicated: he had wealth, a large (and apparently, happy) family, good friends and a healthy attitude about Almighty God from whom his blessings had been gratefully received.
Then one day, all that changed. His cattle, servants and flocks were suddenly decimated, his daughters and sons were killed by one devastating wind storm (that also destroyed the house where they were gathered). As if these external calamities weren’t enough, Job’s person is abruptly laid low, he’s beset by oozing boils from head to toe. And then, his wife – a traditional source of comfort – emotionally abandons him with the parting rebuke for Job to “curse God and die.” Continue reading “Suffering, Womb To Tomb”