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:: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 ::

Stress

It is very hard to help a family wrestle with bad medical news about a family member. I suppose that goes without saying.

Everyone wants to make meaning out of suffering. Everyone wants to find the way out of it or around it. Death is to be avoided at all costs. Pain is equated with evil.

There are few answers that make sense to the people in the crisis. We cannot answer many of their questions except with, "I don't know."

This is especially the case with "Why did God let this happen?" We may have the most airtight theology in the world on that point. But at the point of their pain, defense of God is senseless. Questions are often more rhetorical than anything else. And if we face it, we, too, the ones who supposedly have the answers, we ask the same questions and come up dry as well.

I've discovered I don't know why God does things. Other times I question whether God is the one acting to cause the situation.

I cannot read God's mind. Thanks be to God.

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