The Question. Often while sitting in the psychological
counselor’s chair a very common question emerges:
“Why does God allow these
bad things to happen?"
There are many similar takes on this question such as:
“Why does this happen to such an innocent child?”
“If we have such a
good God, then why is there so much suffering in this world?”
“If God was on the
Cross for so manyhours,then why
has my relative been afflicted with this or that ailment for so many
“I Want to Forgive But I Still Have Pain.”
frequently comes up during in the course of counseling. Many have injuries from past and even current
relationships that continue to cause pain thus hindering advancement to fuller
productive lives. The desire to move on is
present but former feelings of being hurt, mistreated, ignored, and/or
neglected keep cropping up causing re-injury.
The desire to eliminate these sensations and memories is strong but for
some reason there is an inability to move on.
Another date crossed out on the calendar as I approach another year of my journey. Over a half of a century is definitely in my rear view mirror. I do know that in many ways my “inside self” still feels like that young somewhat carefree girl that once played on the fields of Western New York. It is only when I look in the mirror that I am reminded by my “outside self” that I have been travelling for quite a while.
What have you learned?
When my spouse was a young boy his mother would always have devotions before school with her children.
DO IT ANYWAY
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.