Five Minute Friday ~Belong ~One of Our Own

Five Minute Friday
  Linking up with Lisa Jo, and the girls (and guys!) for 5 Minute Friday.  5 Minutes, no edits or re-writes and love the ones that came before you.  Topic: ….Belong

That weekend with  two equally important events. I’m not sure why I write about them nor how they will turn out. I am sure that the answers belong with Him.
Saturday morning marked  an event to promote awareness and research for a particularly potent disease, which had struck a man in our Church. One of our own.
Saturday evening marked the memorial service for the young adult son of a colleague. One of our own.
Even with the skill and insight to see the bigger picture I do not understand. Why. Why some go on, why some are healed. I do understand that He made The Big Picture. The Bigger Pieces of this puzzle belong to Him.
I do not have the answers to give a grieving mother who asks how “a loving God” could do this. Who asks how I can say I belong to a God who allows the good, the young to die At least not the answers her mother’s heart needs right now..
Belong : to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous .
Words like ‘He has a plan” ? “it will all work out for good” ? No. Those words have no meaning at this point.  They do not belong in this conversation.
Smalli has thrown plenty at Him during times of great sorrow, Big I understands. Big I listens. Big I hugs. She’s not ready to hearchurchy stuff or even think to belong to such a group.I share with her thati too have asked the same questions have asked where does death, divorce, alcoholism, abuse, neglect, belong in This Plan.Belong :to be suitable,appropriate, oradvantageous .I know He can take it. I know He understands. He always invites this Daughter into His lap. At The Throne of Grace where eveni belongs.His son also died you see. To give us a place to Belong.

Belong : to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous .

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Five Minute Friday
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  1. Your words are true and hits home. It’s difficult to find the right words to say. It’s hard for us to understand the why’s of His plan. It’s an exercise of faith and trust. And it isn’t easy… ever. But He remains faithful to the end, no matter what that end is.
    God bless you. I’m your neighbor at Five Minute Friday.


  2. Shandra,
    There are no easy answers in the midst of hard pain and grief…and maybe, I’m reading between the lines, but it seems like you’ve experienced the Who, in the midst of your whys, and that makes all the difference, yes? Good to see you again at FMF 🙂


  3. Shandra, I am so sorry for your pain. I have struggled with those same questions. I lost a niece in March to a brain tumor and my own daughter was paralyzed three years ago from an autoimmune disease. It is very hard to understand the why and the how. Much love and great to “read” over at your place.


    • Thanks you so much Casey. It is indeed the cycle of Life. NOt easy but beautiful (eventually ) when one knows The One. Bless you and thanks for stopping by. 🙂


    • Thank you Karen. It’s been a journey to find the true heart of Christ, The love of The Father and the Promises.
      When the questions come Faith is what gets me through.


  4. These are beautiful, heart wrenching thoughts. We have a friend who lost their 6mo old to SIDS earlier this year. It’s horrible and there’s no room for “it’s God’s plan” bc I don’t think it was. I think what they will do with their grief, how it will grow their faith and bless others someday who are also grieving, He made that the plan when the unthinkable happened. After all, we’re promised He only gives good, and that all, all will ultimately be for Glory.


    • Oh my. The loss of ones child. The hardest thing a Mommy heart can contemplate. You are so wise to grasp ‘when the unthinkable happens’. They are blessed to have you in their lives. I know that when the unthinkable happens being strapped to the Promises of Christ’s Cross are what get me through and resuscitate my Life.
      Bless You, Lindsey


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