If you had one question that you would like God to answer what would that question be? My hospice Social Worker posed this question to me this week and I must admit that I did not have an answer. She did, and told me what her question would be . I will respect her privacy and not reveal it, but it was a good question.
I was reminded of a patient I had as a hospice chaplain. This patient (who I will call “Chuck”) was experiencing the ravishes of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The disease had struck him at a young age in his late thirties’ and had moved rather quickly in his case. He had lost all movement ability except his head and was confined to a nursing home. He was bitter about his life. On one of my visits I remember him saying “Chaplain, when I die and see God, I have just one question I want to ask. I asked him what his question would be and he replied with a single word: WHY?
Like many people do, Chuck was blaming God for his disease. How often people blame God for the bad things that happen to them but fail to thank God for the good things in their life! I myself do not think that a God of love who wants relationship with his children would cause harm to them. Instead I believe in a God who weeps with us when disease and harm befalls us and encourages us and is there giving us strength to deal with the pain that is our lot as humans beings. And I think that scripture backs me up in both the Old and New Testaments that God is a God of love and forgiveness:
For example:Read Psalm 27 and 34. Read Isaiah 35:3-10 Read Matthew 11:28-30 Read II Corinthians 4:16 -5:2. Read Revelation 21:1-4
I haven’t decided what my question will be. What is your question? I would love for you to share it with me and with those who follow this blog.