The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Saying something helpful

Questionable theology surfaces at times of grief, loss

"I can't bring Joel back, Grandma, but I can give you a hug." My then 3-year-old granddaughter, Emily Ann, noticed I was weepy, so she climbed on a chair and gave me a hug. This was the best example of good theology I've experienced since our 28-year-old son, Joel, was killed in a 1998 car accident.

By our words and actions, we are all theologians. But our "questionable theology" seems prevalent at times of grief or other crises.

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