God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Rationed Love

As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ 3Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, ‘Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?’ 9Some were saying, ‘It is he.’ Others were saying, ‘No, but it is someone like him.’ He kept saying, ‘I am the man.’ 10But they kept asking him, ‘Then how were your eyes opened?’ 11He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, “Go to Siloam and wash.” Then I went and washed and received my sight.’ 12They said to him, ‘Where is he?’ He said, ‘I do not know.’  John 9:1-12

the test came
who caused this man to be blind
did he sin
did his parents sin
illness as punishment for wrong
the question grates at me
why would God set out to punish
why would God want to harm a baby
why would God cause a baby to be blind, disabled, ill
I don't like the question
it assumes that God causes evil
God doesn't cause evil
God doesn't give you more than you can handle
God isn't a deposit box
do good, receive good
do bad, receive bad
God's place in our suffering is to send the helpers
the people who can help you lead a life of wholeness
God's role is comfort, compassion, love
God is there in the pain
God is there feeling with you
God is there loving you

Jesus' answer to the test
I am not crazy about either
John believes God did do this evil to show Jesus' good
God did this evil to show the works, the hand of God
God did this evil to show Jesus' light
his answer bother's me
God still caused bad
and not for a perceived wrong
but because God is capricious
God doesn't need to prove God's love
God doesn't need to provide signs of healing
God the mystery beyond our understanding
God should not be boxed into a corner
where proof comes at the expense of harm to an innocent

health and healing shouldn't be a test
health and healing these should be given to people despite how you feel about them
health and healing should happen whether you believe they deserve it or not
God doesn't ration love
we shouldn't ration love

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