Yukari Kaga, a pastor from Japan, admitted Peter’s praise in his letter to the early church seems “a little strange to me.”
Peter wrote this letter (1 Peter) in such a cruel situation, Kaga said during evening worship July 22, 2015, at Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Harrisburg, Va.
“I have a question, she said. “How can we praise the Lord in such a painful situation?”
When we struggle with fear or anxiety, our hearts shrink, Kaga said. Then we get depressed, and self-pity covers us.