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Meeting God in tragedy

Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 3:38 PM

I was at my grandmother's funeral and we were talking about issues with parents.

My issues with my father spill over into my Heavenly Father and how i see Him.

My aunt gave me the book called The Shack, by William Young.

This is a book about a man who has a hardlife growing up with abuse, gets married and has a godly wife and beautiful kids. During a outing, the youngest gets abducted and later killed.

The police and the father wind up in Oregon trailing the killer and end up in a shack where the child's bloody dress is found.

4 years later Mack is confronted with a letter that invites him back to the Shack.

He goes and meets God face to Face.

Except God is not like his religous upbringing has taught him. "What did you expect Gandolf the Grey from Lord of the Rings?" God asked

He goes through many self trials, and eventually comes to peace with God who let him be abused as a child (so Mack thought) to a God who would kill a little girl.

God totally shifts his thinking and paradigm.

Has God ever met you and shaken your thoughts on Him?

Have you had a life changing event through a tragedy God used, (but does not cause.)

What are your thoughts.

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The sudden death of my mother with terminal brain cancer. She got diagnosed with it, and was gone in a month We were not speaking at the time, because of something stupid.

My dad dis not inform me till 2 weeks before her death.

I went to see her and she was in a coma, I went home and a small voice told me to go back down there, so I did.

She was still in the coma so I just started pouring out my heart and soul, and as I did one lone tear rolled down her cheek, and I knew she had heard me.

I went home and about 2 hours later my dad called and started to tell me that she was gone, but I already knew.

I know for a fact that she forgave me as God forgave her.

I could not do what she always told me that I was called to do without her forgiveness.

Mom always told me that I was called to preach the Word, and I always told her she was crazy, well mom , you are not so crazy now.

If I can tell anyone anything, don't never let a loved one go without forgiveness.

My mom and her brother last spoke in 84 when their father died, they lived on the same street and shopped in the same store, my mom tried to make peace but her brother would not.

He never even came to the funeral, I forgive him, but can he forgive himself?

Life is to short.

-- Posted by michaelbell on Tue, Feb 10, 2009, at 4:21 PM

Life is indeed too short Micheal. We must walk in forgiveness.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Thu, Feb 12, 2009, at 7:29 AM

I lost my Mother-in-Law on May 17, 2008 to colorectal cancer at age 51. Our family had been going through a lot when she was diagnosed only 10 months earlier, due to her mother just passing of lung cancer! I have yelled, screamed, begged, and prayed about both of their passing, but to no avail! I still don't understand why! I am SO ANGRY still, and I don't know how to get past it all! My point is this...for almost 11 years she and I had a love/hate relationship! One day we loved each other, while the next day...well you get the picture! But in her final months, we were all there for her. We laughed, cried, and just enjoyed what we had left with each other! I have a relationship with God, but I still struggle with this loss! But I know in time, God will pull me through all my doubts, fears, and anxieties about losing this Beautiful, wonderful woman! Please, if you are estranged from your family, friends, etc just push past and work through it! We don't know what plans God has for us tomorrow! Love now, worry later!!! God Bless!

-- Posted by JadeMyst on Fri, Feb 13, 2009, at 9:59 AM

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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.