Sermon Snap Shot September 22, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot September 22, 2019

A young girl discovers that she was born with a heart defect that will require numerous surgeries…
A young boy is diagnosed with an awful disease…
A thirty-two year old young man discovers that his heart is working at 10% of its capacity…
A two year old crawls under the boat trailer to grab his ball as his uncle begins backing up…
19 men hijack planes on 9/11 and cause unfathomable pain and damage…
A mentally unstable young man makes his way into the Sandy Hook school…
A couple who have been married for more than three decades decide to call it quits.
What do all of these challenging, heart-wrenching situations have in common? They all tend to lead us to ask the same questions, and we pastors are often the recipients of these difficult if not impossible to answer inquiries:
Why did God take my loved one?
Why did God allow this to happen?
What have I done to make God want to punish me so bad?
God, where are you?
Several weeks ago I saw an image of a Bahamian woman crying out to the heavens – it’s an image that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. But if you’ve lived long enough and if you’ve loved generously, you have felt some of what this woman is expressing. You may be feeling it right now.
God…Why?
Help me, God, help me!
God, I can’t bear this loss.
I don’t know how I’m going to be able to move on.
If there is anything that you take from today’s message, I hope you’ll hear this:
It is perfectly normal to feel this way. It is perfectly normal to have questions for God…to shake our finger at God…to express our frustrations at God. In fact, I think letting it all hang out like this can be an important part of the healing process for some. And certainly, God, our Loving Parent, has a love for us that is big enough and lasting enough to listen patiently. And I believe God does…for me and for you and for any and all who find their lives turned upside down.
From Sunday, September 22 message based on Psalm 46, “God, Where are You?”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC
President, One Eleuthera Foundation of the U.S.
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