The God who suffered for us continues to suffer with us.
The letter to the church in Smyrna is a powerful, pastoral letter. There is no rebuke or correction in this letter, not because the church in Smyrna is perfect, but because they’re hurting. There is a time and a place for everything, and when you’re going through hardship, that’s not the time for correction but for compassion...and that’s precisely what Jesus offers them. In this short but powerful letter we are reminded of God’s presence with us and for us, especially when life is crashing down upon us.