Mary kneels at the foot of the cross, her son's lifeless body draped awkwardly across her lap. She recalls with yearning the infant who had fed at her breast, the baby she had rocked through a fever, the toddler who had squealed with joy as she bounced him on her knee. Now Jesus is all emaciated arms and legs and bloody wounds. He doesn't fit on her lap anymore. Mary turns her face to heaven shrieking in anguish.
I wouldn't want to be the one to pat her on the back and tell her, "God will never give you more than you can handle."
The cover story of The Lutheran's January 2002 issue was "Sticky theology." A variety of writers was asked to unpack such popular (bumper sticker) sayings as "It was God's will" and "Let go and let God." I was asked to tackle "God will never give you more than you can handle."
|Terry L. Bowes|
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