Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Is God Good All The Time???

That's a question many widows face. The theology on all the sympathy cards might not match our perceptions and expectations. Sometimes our thoughts and feelings drift to a painful, doubtful side---The comfort? Hah! The sweet memories? More like nightmares...

I'm back from some time away celebrating the marriage of my daughter Lisa, but I'm not quite caught up yet. So please check out this post from a blogger last week---Is God Good All The Time---Confessions of a former widow.

It's a good one for examining the question of God's goodness. Thanks a bunch to Kelly for sending it to me; thanks to the author, Heather, for remembering to share the honesty and comfort she found; and thanks to our Creator Jesus, who meets us on those lonely hillsides.
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4 comments:

  1. This is an area that I am still struggling with.

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  2. There are some promises of God in which you just know
    has your name on them, even though all promises are ours and are there for the taking.
    I was acquainted with death at a
    very early age in my life- my mother dieing of cancer when
    I was five , fostercare Aunt when I was 13 , the only grand-parent I lost at the age of 18 , my Dad when I was
    21 and my BFF husband 2 years ago.

    One of God's many promises I have clung to for my grief stricken soul and has sustained me through out my life & during those times when I'm losing my sainty is the anchor promise of
    "I will never leave you nor forsake you"
    That is He will never leave me or forsake me to my own strength, my own wisdom, my own perspective. God knows how frail and weak we are and understands our questions, doubts, fears and anger.
    There are so many things in life I will never understand, but the Apostle Paul reminds us we now see through a glass darkly.
    I believe God tells us to look beyond what we see, think, feel or hope, when nothing in life makes sense.
    I rest my heart and soul in the wonderful promise of which he cannot lie is . . "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5)
    So is God good? Job thought so when he said "even if he slays me I wll trust him"
    King David said "never have I seen the righteous forsaken" Ps.37:25
    I believe God's definition of goodness and my definition are probably not on the same page.

    But Yes - "I believe He is good all the time"

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  3. I'm so glad you shared my blog post! I pray that it encourages others out there that are on their journey of healing and finding satisfaction in a God that does love us with an out-of-this-world love!

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  4. Hi Heather, I'm glad I could share it too. I found my widowed friends on Facebook commenting on how much it meant to them and knew it'd have an impact on others as well, so thanks so much for sharing from your heart!
    I was also very moved by the Anonymous comment above---such depths of wisdom! And I appreciated Candy's statement, as I know that struggling with the question of God's goodness and the ability to trust Him ever again are real issues that widows contend with. It's helpful to put them out on the table, ask the questions and admit the struggle. We're not alone!

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