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Why, God?
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
April 28, 2024

A friend, colleague, husband, and father is suddenly called home to heaven. Why, God? Bluntly speaking, life stinks. When we grieve, and trust me, we will, we go through the following steps: denial, anger, bargaining, and depression. 

We deny that God could take our dad, child, or best friend. “No, you have to be kidding.” Soon we realize there will be no more text messages between the us or a warm embrace. We become mad—mad at the world and at God. Why, God? This leads to thinking we have some control over the matter. “If I had just told him not to go on the snowmobiling trip, he’d still be here today.” Or, “If I had done a better job at being a dad, I would have noticed the symptoms earlier.” Wrong! When this proves hopeless, depression can set in. The devil works overtime during this period to get us to think God does not care. 

Where are you on this grief roller coaster? Grief and mourning are real. I have said this before, and I echo it again. It is okay to ask for help. Yes, of course, from your Father in heaven, but also professional help and help from others who have gone through this. Then the final stage of acceptance can take place and you can say with the psalmist: My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me” (31:15).