“The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” One of the hardest texts in scripture for me. The whole book of Job is hard. Written as a response to “Why do bad things happen to good people”, the book flies in the face of divine providence and justice. Yet the hard questions carry us deeper in faith to a more resilient and durable place. What it challenges is the worldview that we get what we deserve. That karma is. What goes around comes around. What you sow you reap. My prayer for you this Lenten Sunday of communion is the embracing of mystery and faithfulness.
Dr. John M. Stephenson