God is good. Sometimes humans are not. In my stepping back into the online world, having had a long sabbatical during surgery and healing, I can only use these eyes for short periods of time. Patience is the key as I continue healing… and ya know, patience has never been my strong suit. I guess that’s why I ‘get’ so many situations given to me in which I can learn the principle a little better.
So I have to choose the things I read with care. It seemed a gift to see a particular Blog post on the FB page of my friend Kathryn. It’s a poignant reflection by some folks who were at the theaters in Colorado last week, for the midnight premier of the new Batman movie.
I’m not a Batman movie fan. But I’m a fan of anyone who chooses to see it to do so in safety and peace. The horrific shootings horrified us all. I shook my head – and offered prayers – for the victims and their families. And I looked at a picture I was given by a friend, years ago. Jesus is holding a little lamb, smiling.
We’re each His little lambs. How it must hurt Him when humans- his little lambs- choose to inflict such suffering on others of his beloved ones. Whether or not we believe Him, or believe in Him, He knows us. And loves us. And knows that we must live our mortal life with free agency, choosing for ourselves how we’ll grow and make decisions. Some dark choices made impact innocent people, and change their whole mortal journey. Some continue to believe in Ultimate Goodness. Others do not.
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Get a bird’s eye view, so to speak, of some decent, good folks who happened to be at the wrong place at the right time. Or however you say it. The blessing is that these Christian folks don’t base their testimony of Christ on how other people act.Or on what happens to them- nice or hard. What we might want vs what we might need. Or happy times vs brutally hard ones.
This lady wrote some simple words, based on her simple and beautiful faith. She got a barrage of comments. Some positive and caring. Some full of contempt and disdain. Not what a lady who only had eleven followers. Yes, eleven, would expect. She took the opportunity to share her faith and her simple take [one I agree with] on a tragic moment that still can allow for God’s mercy and goodness. Hard as it seems to some of those affected. Or to those who don’t want to accept that bad things can happen to good people.
I thought of all the hard things I’ve been through. The times when I wondered if I could go on. The times when I saw hurt in the eyes of family, friends, or even strangers – and wished I could reach into their heart and bring a little ray of sunshine. A little blessing that would grant them a lifeline of trust and hope.
So the lady, on her Blog, then wrote in answer to the critics as well as the supporters. It is clear that she loves God. She accepts that mankind often chooses wickedness. And she remains full of trust and hope. And her status as a christian remains unchanged. That’s a really good thing.
And goodness matters.