Medicine can be a helpful analogy in our search for the purpose of suffering. While chemotherapy is a horrible thing to suffer through, there is a redemptive purpose behind it. That doesn’t make chemotherapy a good thing: it’s still a painful, horrific experience to endure. But in the end it brings us to a greater state of health and wholeness. “Our God is a consuming fire of love, and he will do anything – including suffering crucifixion himself – to get us home,” says Dr. Eleonore Stump, Philosopher, Author and Professor at Saint Louis University.