I don’t pretend to know why God chooses to allow some things to happen. This side of heaven, I imagine we will continue to live in the tension of the sovereignty of God and our freedom of choice—and how those two things intermingle to impact what happens in our lives. To be clear, I don’t want to imply that God makes difficult things happen to us so that we can grow. What I know is that sometimes painful things happen and that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom. 8:28, NIV). And sometimes that good can be difficult to see, so we rest (or rumble) in the sacred ambiguity of what new thing is being born.
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 1:6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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