The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

April 13, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, April 13, 2013

Do not lose faith in God because of death

The death of a young child is very traumatic to a parent. It almost unhinges someone’s faith in God. It happened to Darwin, whose loving daughter died at a very young age.

One mother asked me why her child with heart disease died soon after birth. After a short silence, I said I share your grief, but look, it took one sperm among 50 million to meet an ovum, then turn into an embryo, a fetus and then a newborn child. That life journey is a miracle itself. Then some live a short life and some old. Still a miracle if among 50 million one chosen, started life but did not make it, accept it. God has given us will. He is not a traffic cop.

When a Soviet cosmonaut was touring a Third World country in a news conference mockingly said, “Hey, guys, I went up there and looked. I did not see your God.” After a pin-drop silence, a young man stood up and said, “Sir, if you would have stepped out of your capsule, you certainly would have met God personally.”

Some folks do not believe in afterlife. Hawkins, Darwin, Dawson and doubters, they have chosen the dark side of life. Darwin descended man to a tadpole in a mudhole, but with your faith, you can hitch your wagon to stars.

Flowers are like humans. They are born, bloom, grow old, wilt away, but they come back. Every spring flower is a witness and reminder to life after death.

God does not promise a lottery ticket or good-looking things. If He has not answered your prayers lately, wait and be patient. He is busy, too. If you have done your good deed, He will honor you and when you reach the end of the life line, He will give your change, whatever He owes you.

Have a little more faith in Him than a local grocery cashier. Do not nickel and dime your faith in God. My prayers are with you.

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