Songs for the Suffering
In Songs for the Suffering, you will journey through the questions, fears, and doubts that come when suffering strikes, and discover how the Word of God doesn’t ignore your pain, but rather, invites you to come to the table with it.
In this 6-week study, readers will journey through the scary emotions that come with profound suffering, even the ones we don’t want to admit. This study will give women a safe place to land when they find themselves questioning the reality of God in the midst of their pain, and offer up real hope when “everything happens for a reason” just doesn’t cut it. While Scripture may feel like the last place you want to bring your pain, Songs for the Suffering will show us just how much of a home the Word is for those in darkness.
Songs for the Suffering
This Devotional is for you if...
- You are suffering.
- You are walking alongside someone who is suffering
- You are sick of reading feel-good slogans about suffering, and are looking for a deeper comfort, hope and joy amidst your pain.
If these words resonate, this devotional is for you.
Songs for the Suffering
Topic: suffering and grief
Length of Study: 6 weeks
Focal Scripture: multiple passages
“While our pain may not be the same and while our roads may have had different turns and destinations, my prayer is that somewhere in these words of mine you find yourself—and again, you find your Father.”
—Author Julia Allspaw
The Devotional Structure
Structure: Weekly reading and interactive sections
Elements: Weekly reading & scripture, stop & reflect sections, end-of-chapter questions, journaling margins
Each week includes guided questions, further Scripture reading, application points and moments of reflection to delve into the heart of suffering, ask the hard questions, and lean into the Man of Sorrows himself, knowing he is already acquainted with our grief.
TESTIMONIALS FROM THE HOSANNA COMMUNITY
Sneak Peek at the introduction
"Dear Friends, I am happy— and sad—that you are here...
Let me explain: If you are here, opening the words to this book, it means that like me, you have suffered. You may be on the road of pain at this very moment, or you may have lived here for years. This may be the tenth book you’ve read on the topic of suffering, or your very first. You, my friend, have landed here because the cards life has dealt to you have been filled with pain and tear filled nights, doubting and questioning and wondering if the God you call Savior was ever real to begin with..."
Join the Chorus
In the process of creating the video trailer for Songs for the Suffering, our team had the opportunity to work with six incredible women who have walked through substantial and diverse suffering. They represent you as you bring your unique story of suffering to this devotional. Here are their stories:
“When I was a sophomore in college I found out that my mom had cancer for the first time. I was leading Younglife and had really started diving into my major at the time, so it hit at a time when things were going well for me. I and my other family members helped to care for my mom during this time. There was a brief respite from the struggle in which she went into remission for about a year. However, in April of 2016 we found out that the cancer had come back...”
“I married my husband in 2015 and gained 2 step-daughters that had lost their Mom to cancer years before, which was an unimaginable loss for them and a challenging position for me to step into. Shortly after our wedding, we went through a very tough year—my dad had a massive heart attack that resulted in him being in the hospital for months...”
“March 10, 2019 our daughter Marlow Jane was born. We were expecting a healthy, perfect baby. However from the moment my labor started we realized things were not as expected. Marlow was struggling to thrive and was whisked away to the NICU within minutes after birth. No one could nail down what was wrong...”
“When my husband and I began trying for a family we encountered a lot of struggles. I was diagnosed with endometriosis and what we were facing caused some concerns for my doctor. We were referred to an infertility specialist who quickly became not just a part of a story, but a part of our family. Dr. NeeOo Chin worked with us to start our family and, after suffering multiple losses, enduring multiple surgeries, and ultimately not having a baby after a few years, we felt defeated...”
“On February 20, 2019, our 10 year old daughter, Sable, passed away suddenly from complications of the flu and strep throat. Sable was the youngest of our six kids—a healthy, happy little girl. Sable started feeling sick on a Saturday and I took her to the Little Clinic on Sunday. They told me she was viral but didn’t check for flu or strep. She still wasn’t any better by Tuesday so I took her to the pediatrician where they diagnosed her with flu and strep...”
“In 2019, I traveled to one of the best hospitals in the country looking for answers to my near constant chronic pain. After getting my first migraine at age 12, I spent years with a crippling diagnosis that had now impacted every part of my life—from work, to relationships, and even the ability to get out of bed. In that same year, I suffered from a miscarriage and shortly after, heard the heartbreaking news of my mother’s cancer returning...”
Devotional Study Tools
To learn more about this study, we created a series of brief videos with author Julia Allspaw to uncover the truth about suffering from inside the pages of God’s Word. Watch these videos below.
Meet the Author
Julia Allspaw is a former special education teacher turned stay-at-home mom, who spends her days playing with her 9-month-old son, Leon. As an Enneagram 9, Julia loves staying home, reading whatever she can get her hands on, and traveling with her husband, Jake. When she’s not picking up toys or changing diapers, you can find her writing about suffering, hope, and finding God in the midst of profound pain.