Season Topic: The Many Facets of Forgiveness
This is part two of the discussion on forgiving God for allowing our child to die. If you missed part one, you will want to go back and listen to episode 7.
We start out by picking up where we left off in talking about the big question of “WHY?” and I share how you can turn a corner so that “why” doesn’t continue to plague you.
In this episode we talk about what it really means to have God’s favor, along with the difference of a “wonderful plan” for our lives and being full of wonder at how God is with us through the blessings and the painful tragedies.
It is not what God will do, but that God will BE.
During grief, people either move toward God or away from Him. But when we move away from Him, we are moving away from the One who can help us the most.
I deeply encourage you to make the same choice to forgive God that I have asked you to make to forgive your child and others (including yourself). There is no prayer written out to forgive God like I gave in the first six episodes with those we need to forgive. This is one that you need to say from your heart, and once again, visit it over and over again, until it takes root and you can lean on Him instead of stiff arming and pushing Him away.
Reminder: God made sure that this world is not our final destination!
We will eventually be reunited with our child, never to be separated again. And THAT is something a good God has done for us!
Calvin Joseph Kendricks Jr. was born on June 17 and is forever 28
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The full song I Remember Well (which is the background song during the birthday segment) can be heard here.
Links referred to in this episode
Since we have just finished the first series. I would really appreciate your feedback, because this podcast is for YOU! What did you like or not like about it? What topic would you like to have discussed? Is there something I can do to make it better?
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