I Don’t Know


 I attended a funeral in which a son of the deceased said:  “My 4 year old son asked me, ‘Why did God make Grandpa Mark die?’  I told him, “God wanted someone to play basketball with.”

I cringed when I heard this father’s explanation.  I could just imagine what the little 4 year old thought, “Oh, but I wanted to play basketball with grandpa too!  But mean old God took him away.” Maybe he also thought, “I don’t think I like this God very much.”

So what could the father have said when his little son asked, “Why did God make Grandpa die?”  He could have responded honestly, “I don’t know.” Maybe adding, “However, I do believe that God really loves you, me, Grandpa and each person everywhere.”

When you really do not know the answer to a child’s question or anyone’s question,  give a simple and straightforward honest answer like: “I don’t know,” or sometimes it is helpful to answer questions about God with, ‘No one knows for sure but I believe. . .”  Another response might be, “You know, I wonder about that too.”

Practice saying, “I don’t know.”  (We don’t have to have all the answers.)

We are to reflect God’s love to others. Maybe we have to be careful how we represent God.

“Collateral Beauty  –  God saw this pretty little flower, and picked Lucy to be in heaven.”

Quoting of Bible verses:  “There are a few scriptures God laid on our hearts to share with you. ”

Romans 8:28  –  New International Version “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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