“Far be it from you, Lord!”

“Far be it from you, Lord!

Have you ever said something like this to God?

“Far be it from you, Lord…
… to allow those innocent people to suffer like that.”
… to allow this sickness.”
… to allow me to suffer with this ‘thorn in the flesh.'”
… to put my family through this fiery trial.”
… to say ‘no’ to my prayer.”

I must admit that some of these statements sound pretty familiar, for I have have heard them in my own prayers at times. We suffer or see those we love suffering. We long for things to be made right, for everything to be “all better.” But they’re not (yet), and we become angry or hurt or confused, and we say, “Why, God? Far be it from you to allow this suffering!

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Grace for the parent who thinks they’re not good enough

“Am I a good parent?”

Maybe you wonder this as you scroll Facebook, amazed by all the activities other parents seem to be doing.  Maybe you wonder this as you debate whether or not you’re making the best decisions for our children’s health or education or future.  Maybe you wonder this as you see other children seeming to behave perfectly while your own child is — well, not.  I think sometimes we wonder this even when we’re not actively wondering it.  For many of us, this question haunts the core of our beings.  Am I a good mom?  Am I a good dad?

So today, here is some grace for us — 3 reasons why we don’t have to try so hard to be a “good parent,” according to the world’s standards.

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