Good Theology for Bad Days

(This post was originally published on the Baptist Convention of New England’s blog on February 7, 2020. You can find it here.)

God, You’re so good.

God, You’re so good.

God, You’re so good,

You’re so good to me.

I choked the simple chorus out on Sunday morning despite a lump rising in my throat. Weeks of waiting for the results of a major medical test numbed my ability to belt out the lyrics with the same gusto as those around me. Instead, a pitiful, broken string of truth fell quietly from my mouth, each word a salty tear.

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Processing Loss, Pt. 1

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” 

(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King)

Lent is approaching, and with it, reminders of this shadow world in which we live. Graves surround us, whether literal or figurative ones. Light is ever at war with the dark—oh, how we feel the struggle!

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Where Death and Christmas Meet

“Death is the hardest thing about living so far away from our families,” Riley murmured as I fought back collapsing into tears again.

“No,” I replied through gritted teeth, “death is the hardest thing about living, period.”

Because it doesn’t matter if we are in the same room with a loved one or on the other side of the world from them. Death comes, and we are powerless over it.

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