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
husband, my daughter, and I embarked upon the journey of a lifetime early this
summer from June 13 through June 23, 2015. In celebration of our 30th wedding
anniversary, we set out to walk the last leg of the Portuguese Way of the
Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The route began in Tui, Spain with its
destination ending in Santiago de Compostela, traditionally the location of the
crypt and remains of St. James, the Apostle. This segment of the Camino is approximately
history of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela dates back well over 1000 years
with Christians making this pilgrimage since the Middle Ages.
The Best Laid Plans…
We’ve all experienced it. We
make plans and nothing seems to go the way that we anticipated. “The best laid plans of mice and men often go
awry,” is an often repeated quote from the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Wiktionary states that it is an “expression used to signify the futility of
making detailed plans when the outcome is uncertain.” The truth of the matter is that nothing is
certain. Sacred Scripture states that
the“The wind blows wherever it pleases.
“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.