The snow has been so pretty.
The days were like postcards as we watched inches pile up.
The moon is out tonight and it is a winter scene.
Scenes poems are made of!
Then there has been Tim Keller's book on Pain
and Suffering these snow days.
. I will remember reading this book
as the world turned white. The depth of his examination
of this subject which we all experience requires a stillness
of the soul. The question of WHY is always present.
God is near. He is far in these times.
" God's plan works through our choices, not around or
despite them. '
" Ultimately, there are no accidents. His plan includes bad things."
' We live in an individualistic , consumeristic society, a society
in which we are taught not self-renunciation but self- assertion--
your freedom , interests , and needs must come first. A culture
promoting self assertion , however, will always produce revenge as
a response to suffering, while a counterculture like the Amish,
promoting self renunciation , will much more likely produce
forgiveness as a response. "
" Most of us have been formed by a culture that nourishes revenge
and mocks grace."