Why, God?

April 9, 2013

Today’s Reflection

WHEN WE ASK why in our prayers, we have somehow recognized that we are permitted to bring every question, every issue, every confusion, and every struggle to God. We may not understand what’s going on, but God knows that we cannot pray authentically unless we can honestly express every thought and emotion.

- Steve Harper
Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

From p. 25 of Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Steve Harper. Copyright (c) 2007 by Steve Harper. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Are you comfortable asking God, “Why?” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized.

Acts 9:18, NRSV

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember
Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
(April 9).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller April 9, 2013 at 5:09 am

In my most difficult life’s experience, the sudden passing of my wife at 49, I asked God why? And while it took a year for the autopsy to finally explain the medical situation, almost immediately there was the beginning of healing. I could have blamed God but instead I accepted that if she had not passed so peacefully she might have had a lot more medical problems. Now, almost 16 years later the events of that day are still easily remembered, my love for her is still there, but life goes on and I am making the best of it with God’s help.

Lord, today Anneliese has knee replacement surgery, I pray for a successful operation and good healing.

Lord, guide us as we do daily something to help the homeless. Be with everyone regardless of the condition of their relationship or lack of relationship with you. Now matter how well we may think things are going, we need you. Thank you for you omipresence. In your name I pray. Amen

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Gary April 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Robert,
You have richly blessed me today in the sharing of your witness. Thanx. PTL!

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Darrell April 9, 2013 at 5:11 am

Am I comfortable asking God, “Why?” yes! Many times I search for answers in scriptures, in the books written by saints, and I try to always pray, and, afterwards, I think about the circumstances that caused me to ask “why” in the first place. My goal is to strengthen my trust is in God!

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Gary April 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Am I comfortable asking God: “Why?” Yes. I’m even comfortable in arguing with God. (Of course, the argument is much more like a dance with God.)

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robert moeller April 11, 2013 at 4:20 am

Thank you all for your kind words and may God richly bless you.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Yes, I am comfortable to ask God “why”. Sometimes, God reveals the reasons why somethings happen but sometimes He doesn’t. I always think when we go to heaven, then we can ask Him.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Thank you God that we can bring every question, every issue, every confusion, and every struggle to You. We may not understand what’s going on, but You know for Your perfect plans are higher than ours. So be it unto Your will.

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