Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 11/16/16
“It’s okay to get angry with God.  He can take it.”  (Regina Brett)  We don’t often say it, but there are times when “the will of God” is beyond understanding.  Why?  Regina B, a Cleveland reporter, writes that it’s OK to question God.  We don’t always get what we want.  Look around you.  The world’s not perfect.  It’s almost like God is away visiting another universe.  But God does know and care.  Sometimes a child has a hard time understanding a parent.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  I think too often we mistake our will for God's and then when it goes astray, we blame God.     God doesn't will everything we do or think any more than a parent foes for a child.====JACK:  I like what Paul had to say to those in the church at Rome.  "O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!  Who has known the mind of the Lord?"  I'm satisfied with, "Thy will be done (no strings attached).

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  a friend of mine likes to say that "God has broad shoulders"... ====JACK:  ...and regarding his followers, he has to be broad-minded, too.

FROM RI IN BOSTON:  To those who get angry with God I would ask, "How's that working for you?"  I find composure by getting angry at myself and my selfish expectations.====JACK:  I don't think it's wise to bite the hand that feeds you...but some do it anyway.

FROM TARMART REV:  Some never get to know God until they are seemingly angry with Him, asking why?! Amazing what "life-changing results" they often find. More often than not when sincerely confronted, He displays unforgettable and reassuring results.====JACK:  Your response reminds me of this saying by Mark Twain....“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Everything happens for a reason, but we don't see that immediately.  By the way, the weather is beautiful down here, and the  snowbirds are arriving in droves.  We went to Hollywood Studios yesterday, and Star Wars has definitely overtaken the planet,====JACK:  This thought comes to mind when I think of God and his reasoning..."Ours is not to reason why; ours is but to do or die."  Curiosity led me to Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade.  I saw the quote in another context.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  "WHAT MORE CAN WE ASK THAN TO NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT" (Poet Paul Violi/Boston Globe).  No matter what comes our way, we have to have an unshakable belief that God is always with us, in it. It brings a peace to our lives, which has its share of "bumps and bruises", as well as the best of times...====JACK:  "Fly off the handle" is an expression you don't hear much anymore.  It can mean, "getting angry before one has complete information on the subject."  It's OK to fly off the handle with God.  He can take it.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Getting mad at God makes no sense.  He gets us through the messy lives we live....even when we aren't in control of some of them.====JACK:  The children of Israel were angry with God because they felt that he had abandoned them in the desert.  Sometimes people get mad at God, because they think that he hasn't answered their prayers.  God loves them, just the same.

FROM KANSAN DON:  A good word following Nov. 8.====JACK: wanted God to rig the election, did you?

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