Christa Black

God Loves Ugly & Love Makes Beautiful

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Some days my arms feel emptier than others.  And today, the emptiness is almost overwhelming.

IMG_0014_2I clutch Goldie’s blankets and pull them close, but the ache doesn’t seem to subside.  I hold onto my son Moses a little tighter, but the sting still remains.
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“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole.  The walls are so steep he can’t get out.  A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’  The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.
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Between cross fit kicking my tail tonight and taking a last-minute trip to celebrate my grandmother’s 89th birthday, my heart, brain, and body are a little tuckered out tonight.  Too tuckered out to write about anything concerning theology or my baby girl.
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Can you imagine what Abraham felt like when God told him to go sacrifice his only son Isaac? 

The sacrifice of Isaac's by Caravaggio.jpgI try to put myself in his shoes from time to time while reading Genesis 22, wondering how I’d feel if I heard the voice of God telling me to take my 2-year-old son Moses up on a mountain, tie him up, pull out a knife and make him bleed until he breathed his last breath.  I can imagine the sickness that would immediately punch my gut, the loss of breath, the need to run to the bathroom and throw up my lunch.  I can imagine the instant tears, the wailing, the grief—then the weight of the world on my heart, reaching down to my core, knowing that the one person I want to protect more than anyone in the universe now needs saving.  From me.
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A pastor stands up in his pulpit and shouts out to his congregation, “God is good!” And as if on command, everyone in the pews shout back in unison, “ALL THE TIME!”

365366893_640“All the time!” the pastor declares back.  “GOD IS GOOD!” shouts the congregation.
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They were bound to come.  Comments filled with theology that made me want to laugh.  Or in a few instances, punch a wall.

UnknownAnd while I understand these comments are said, most times, with great intentions, filling air space to avoid awkward silence when people have no idea what to say in the wake of death, let’s take a step back and look at a few that stood out since Goldie’s passing on March 5.
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