William Stuntz is a professor at Harvard Law School. He is a Christian, he is dying of cancer and has lived for many years with chronic back pain.
In a recent interview with Patheos, Stuntz talks about life and death, pain and suffering, and the joys of his wife’s cooking. It is a moving reflection on a very personal struggle to reconcile the love of God with a life filled with uncertainty, pain and the near reality of death.
Stuntz expresses the strange tension we so often live in this life, between blessing and tragedy. He admits at times he has been tempted to see God as his enemy, but when asked if any good has come from his struggle with cancer, he answers:
My experience of cancer especially is that God is just so eager to bless. I find blessing all over the place, not in the cancer itself but all around it. It would almost be easier to answer what blessings I have not found.
The interview also warns of the personal hurt caused by some simplistic Christian responses to suffering.
The whole interview is worth a read.