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The one question I would ask God…

Just before the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, our Priest in Residence, Justin Chapman, forwarded me a weekly reflection entitled “Church Wellness” written by the Rev. Tom Erich, an Episcopal Priest committed to engaging all of us in questions around Congregational Vitality and Wellness.  This particular issue encouraged us to “engage the crowds” by inviting people to write on a card…the one question they would like to ask God…and to invite folks to share their email address with us so that we might include them our weekly communication.  So, at our worship services, from Passion / Palm Sunday through Easter Day, we invited folks to share a question and their email address.

We received over 20 questions which I have gathered under some general headings:

Discerning God’s will or purpose

Can you help me know your will for me?

How am I doing?

Am I doing what I am supposed to do?

What are your plans for this troubled desperate world?

Is this the life you intended for me, oh Lord?

The Meaning of Suffering and Loss

Why did my father take his own life?

Why do you let bad things happen to good people?  Yes, you have given us “free will” to do good or bad but…all the people who died at Columbine, Aurora, Newtown, Arizona, VA Tech, etc…or sons or daughters who predecease their parents…what happened to their free will?

Why are some families so blessed and others struggle through handicaps, serious illnesses, poverty etc?

Why do innocents suffer?

Why is it that when we ask God to help with one’s suffering, it seems as if he does not hear?

Why me?

The Purpose or Function of Evil

It is my understanding that Satan has to ask your permission to do anything on this earth.  Why do you allow him to do anything at all?

Why is there evil in the world…premeditated, organized evil?

Life after Death

Will I see you after I die?

I do hope this journey is not for nothing.  I try to have faith that we will celebrate eternal life with God and the communion of saints.

Issues we face in our Christian Life

What must you think of our churches and how we worship you?  Is it how you envisioned…or what you want from us?

What one thing can I do that would improve or impact to the good my life and the lives of those close to me and in the community?

As we grow older in our faith walk, it should be stronger.  Why then do we continually struggle with conflict, doubt, fear, distraction, disillusionment, and disappointment with our God and his Son?

How can we biblically love ourselves?

Why can’t we live together with all of our differences?

Will the peaceful unification of all humankind occur prior to the second coming of Christ?

Other Questions

How should we view the recently discovered books and writings, especially the Gospels of Mary and Judas?

How did God decide when to unseal the eyes of the neonate in the womb?

Why is there no body of Christ on the crucifixes in the church or the chapel?

Justin and I met on Thursday to look over the questions and develop a plan for addressing them during the Easter Season.  As you can see, some of them address similar concerns…making sense of suffering…the place of evil…life after death…

During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, we will have these questions before us as we prepare for preaching…and on the Sundays in May, use the Sunday Forum to address some of the major themes which are raised by these questions.

I want to thank those of you who shared a question with all of us.   Week after week, we gather as a Community of Faith with various concerns and worries as well as hopes and joys.  Inviting, receiving and sharing your questions is a way to stay connected to one another.

Easter blessings!


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  1. Robin Caldwell
    April 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Tough questions have come forth. Thanks for taking this on…

  2. Jim & Judy Buettner
    April 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Doug, If we are not too late, we wanted to add our question to God.
    Why did you allow Satan, the fallen angel, to exist?

    Judy & Jim

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