This is clearly an MDiv exercise, something I don’t have to do… but I was asked and here you go:
My current theology of suffering is rooted more in the eclectic etheral of the esoteric. Suffering, in my opinion, is sometimes par for the course in times of great change. To react too strongly against it leads to resisting it, and by that, resisting God’s Will. I believe in God’s Unseen Hand, moving us along, guiding us, and sometimes, pushing us back as the mythic Tower of Babel suggets while we now have nearly the same capablity, but use it for the good (usually). I think of the growing pains which we have experienced and our children experience. Thier chins hurt or the arms hurt, and it does get painful at times, but through this suffering they are growing. I do not recommend them ignorning it or glorying in it, and I will give them motrin, but the suffering cannot be stopped. Through suffering, the universe is as it is, sustaining not just life, but our life.
Further, through the suffering which proceeded the Reformation, we were granted the Reformation.
But, there is also the suffering that we inflect upon ourselves due to our very human condition, due to our need to be more than we should be, due to our desire to be happy which in of itself is not a bad thing, but if that desire is misplaced, then we suffer.
It’s also rooted in the Second Law of Thermodynamics and specifically, entropy.