Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuff Stuff: Why All the Bad & Sad Stuff?

This Sunday at FUSION Gathering we talked about the tough topic of "why do bad things happen."  We realized that it was much easier to identify recent bad or sad news stories than it was good stories, and it just doesn't seem fair.  It is especially difficult to understand when bad things happen to good people.  We took a look at Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."  We talked about how God doesn't cause tragedy and bad things to happen.  BUT God does use the difficult and tragic experiences of our lives to grow us and make us more like Christ.  God is concerned about the problems in the world and sends people like us to help!  When we look at Matthew 25:31-46, we see that God calls us each to help those who are hurting and in need.  When we live into this calling, we are not only serving those in need, we are serving Christ as well.  We talked about specific ways we can live into this calling...things like helping at FACES, Meals on Wheels, donating clothing, visiting the sick, comforting a friend or family member and working in the church garden.  We each thought of one thing we would commit to doing this week to help live into God's calling to help those in need.  What will you do?  Comment on this post with your responses.

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