The death of our child gives us so many mixed emotions about God. Here are just some of them:
- God betrayed me so I can’t trust Him anymore.
- I am so angry and confused with why God allowed my child to die.
- I know I had faith! Why didn’t my faith keep my child from dying?
- Why bother praying and serving God if He is just going to do whatever He wants to do anyway?
These are all talked about in this episode with Wayne Jacobson, which is an edited version of our live discussion on YouTube for Grieving Parents Sharing Hope Together in May 2020.
We are all on a journey, and we are all at different places. If being angry with God is something you struggle with, it’s okay.
Wayne served as a pastor for twenty years and was also a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. As the director of Lifestream Ministries, he now travels the world helping people learn to live deeply in the life of Jesus and share it freely with others. He has written and worked with others on many books about spiritual intimacy and relational community, including He Loves Me, So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, A Man Like No Other, and The Shack.
Wayne is also a mediator on governmental issues involving church and state in educational issues and recently released the coauthored book A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation.
He lives in Newbury Park, California with his wife of over forty years and enjoys his children and grandchildren.
(Note: The views and opinions of our guests outside of this podcast may not be in agreement with GPS Hope.)
Links Mentioned in this episode:
Click here to watch this full discussion on YouTube. (You can also find the other 20 live discussions with different topics and guests.)
To connect with Wayne Jacobson and see his blog, find his podcast The God Journey and look at his books : www.lifestream.org
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Andrew LaPlante was born on May 27 and is forever 24.
Kyle Enanoria was born on May 30 and is forever 11.
Shaun Klein was born on June 1 and is forever 33.
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Grieving Parents Sharing Hope (GPS Hope) is here to walk with parents through the darkness of child-loss, guiding them to a place of hope, light and purpose.
It is a safe place for anyone who has lost a child from this earth. There is no shame or judgment in where you are in this journey, including if you are struggling in your relationship with God or your faith has been completely shattered.