Thank you for your participation and compassion this week. It is my hope that this feeling will continue for the next few weeks. This week we are basically talking about how we as Christians talk about the things in our lives. Or how we as Christians feel about what goes on around us. The way that we as Christians speak, even to each other, is a witness to all of our faith and what we believe.
Every person who is reading this has had something bad happen in their life. Death, illness, disease, tragic life events with tragic consequences, the list is endless and varied. Depending on how you view God, you will feel and react differently to any of these circumstances. If “your” God is a demanding God who seeks and demands justice and obedience you may see life events as “punishment;” or you may see God as one who gives everyone multiple chances. If your God is a “loving” God who desires closeness and intimacy you may look for God in hidden places when bad things occur; or you may see God as having caused something to happen so that something else could occur.
We all view situations differently, then we all come to our own conclusions. I believe the important thing is to realize that when we speak of God others are listening. We also need to remember that as humans we will never understand the “mind” of God. As you continue to reflect on your life and own personal story think of how you view God and how that shapes how you tell your own “story.”