I'm attempting to piece together a thoughtful blog entry for the near future, but in the meantime I found a video today that has got me in an even more somber, and thoughtful, mood. If you don't know who Steven Curtis Chapman is, he's a leader in the contemporary Christian music movement, a talented guitar player with a voice to match. But a few weeks ago, tragedy struck his family, as his son accidentally struck his adopted 5 year old daughter with the family car. The family was interviewed on Larry King recently, and I'd encourage you to spend some time with the video. Click on the link, and then scroll down in the videos section to find the interview.
This squares rather well with a string of tragedy in our own church family: breast cancer seems to be running rampant, we just heard about a young child who has what appears to be terminal cancer, not to mention the various bumps and bruises of everyday life.
How do we, as the people of God, deal with tragedy? Is God responsible? Can God be trusted in these moments? We often pay lip service to the idea that God is good, but do we really believe it when reality hits us with all its cruel force? Some food for thought.
a sermon by Saint Augustine
5 weeks ago