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  1. Les
    August 25, 2014

    I need to read this article over, but it’s hitting me right between the eyes. Seven years ago I lost my youngest son to cancer. 3 months ago I lost my wife to cancer. The remaining 5 children, ages 32 to 24, are reeling from both these events. There is no reasoning that I can see. My wife and I have prayed for their salvation and/or sanctification since their birth and now I see none of either. I have read your blog for many years and felt a kinship with many of your writings. Thank you for sharing.

    • Dan Edelen
      August 25, 2014

      Les, I’m sad for your losses. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share. While I can’t explain, I know that God is good, and He loves you and your kids. God saves lost people, and I know that is true. I pray that for your kids. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  2. Chuck
    August 27, 2014

    I think some people, because of their theological outlook or general worldview, have either been taught to believe that everything has to have a divine cause or they think it’s just impious not to see God’s hand working behind everything. I don’t have any problem believing that things just happen, that God doesn’t cause them but that nonetheless he knows all and loves us through it all. The alternative is simply too much for me to make sense of.

  3. connie
    August 28, 2014

    Well, I can’t say I agree with you. I have seen past tragedies in the hand of God be sculpted into today’s blessings. I won’t give you the details, that’s private-but sometimes God lifts the curtain up a tad and lets you see how stuff fits together.

    Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean He doesn’t work things together for good. He’s not the author of evil but He does take those things that happen and slap the devil across the face with them. We have to trust Him. We have to trust His character. And we have to remind ourselves that THIS is not all that there is.

    And before you call me a Pollyanna let me assure you I have had more than an ample share of the total crap life can throw at a person. But He has carried me through every bit of it, to include the bits where I couldn’t seem to find Him in it.

    • Dan Edelen
      August 28, 2014

      Connie, many people in Jesus’ day said, “This is the story,” and Jesus came along and showed they missed the real story. Our problem is that we construct stories that may not be reality. They become the stories we want them to be–or not be. I’m not saying God doesn’t work wonders; I think you k now me better than that. I’m just saying that we often take the outcome and make a story around it that may or may not be reality. Better to say nothing and simply be glad when it works in our favor.

  4. stuart
    August 30, 2014

    Some things are unfathomable and just don’t make sense this side of heaven. At other times how do we discern between the true leading of the Holy Spirit and deceptive assaults from the enemy masquerading as the Spirit’s voice? Perhaps something can be gleaned here:

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