The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'It was God's will'

When I'm hurt and crying and you hug me, I never want to hear whispered past my earrings, "It was God's will." I want to hear the real truth over and over again: God is present in my sorrow.

So very present that the Spirit is calling, "Remember, beyond the tears there is the hope, the resurrection, the joy of eternity."

The message that God planned devastation and heartache for me or that God plans sorrow for you is not the gospel. Why is it that when we see a newborn baby, a glorious sunset or butterflies we are seldom told that these are God's will?

The next time the phrase comes to mind, stop. God looked at creation and it was good. Our creator looks at us and creates for us a gift, presence now and for eternity. That is God's will.


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