Tag: faith

Faith – Lost and Confused by Life

For many growing up is a time of stability and certainty. If we have been raised in the faith, it is normal and easy to think we have a firm handle on life. But, as we face human life’s losses, sufferings, illnesses, tragedies, brutalities, and all in life that confronts us with suffering and death, we can find ourselves lost in confusion – even betrayal and abandonment. “God help me,” we cry out! It is the cry of the very human Jesus: “My God, My God, why have you abandon me?

It is in our pain and confusion that we begin to distrust ourselves, and also God. It is in these  terrifying moments that we truly identify with the two disciples on the ‘Road to Emmaus’. Yet, It is in these situations that God’s grace merciful opens our hearts to the eternal! But, if we remember the prophet Job – it takes TIME!

I posted this song a few weeks ago, and I post it again. Listen, maybe you will find yourself in this woman’s agony. Leave a a comment – let others know how you deal with mortality.

Song: You Have to be There

“Kristina from Duvemåla” is a Swedish musical written by former ABBA member detailing a family’s poverty-driven migration from Sweden to America in the mid-19th century. In the musical a distraught wife and mother cries out to God in her anguish. It is reminiscent of Jesus’ prayer to his Father: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.” It is also a reminder that we are the hands and the feet of Christ.

Faith: Stories, Encounters, Jesus, God of Love, the Poor and the Environment – Maybe Making a Mess

How can people rediscover faith as a series of stories and encounters rather than being reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs? An influential voice in the worlds of progressive Evangelicalism and “emerging” Christianity, Brian McLaren envisions a community where diversity no longer means division. A provocative conversation on the meaning and future of Church in a 21st-century world.