Plymouth Congregational Church

God for All

And we ask why

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I was reading the news on Yahoo when I saw the tragic story of the two little boys who fell mercy to the first man they ever trusted, the first man that they met, the first man they should never have feared – their Dad. My heart sank and the bile rose to my throat, touching my taste buds, as I tried to swallow it away. And the comment that has ensued, the first response out of the majority of people’s mouths, “Evil does exist.” That is quickly followed with, “How could God allow this to happen to these boys?” It is as though God stood on the doorstep, opened the door and walked them inside this deranged person’s home. On the contrary, God stood with the boys waiting for the evil to leave so he could carefully carry them home. To their true first father.

It is difficult to see such tragedy. It is incomprehensible for so many to understand the “why” and “how”. It is impossible for all those directly related to walk away from questioning and doubting themselves. The only answer is to open their hearts and minds to God and allow him to walk this journey with them. To hold their hands and pray with them as they suffer a loss so great that no time will heal but will soften their pain.

I read and watch all the stories flooding the communication waves still in shock that anyone could be so lost to this world, to humanity, to God that they could do what this man did to such innocence. Then I step outside the box and realize that evil has existed within man (homo sapiens) for thousands of years. Are they born this way? Do they become this way? How do they exist without guilt or conscience or seeming lack of care for what they are doing to another person?

The questions are real, but the answers are albeit elusive. All we know is what God asks of us, how he tells us to live our lives. If we follow him does that mean that evil will not infect or impact our lives? No, but it does mean that when that evil filters through our barriers we will walk in the Lord’s protection and if the evil becomes overpowering as it did for these two boys, God will be certain to tend to us as we move into his home. There is not much more we can do other than to believe, hold on to Him, and to praise Him with our choices.

For all of those that have fallen to the hands of evil. Too young. Too soon. I offer this:

The Lord’s Prayer Words

(traditional)

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy will be done in earth, 
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
But deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom,

The power, and the glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

Rosary for the Dead

This rosary consists of 40 beads in memory of the 40 hours
which Our Lord is thought to have spent in Limbo.
There are also the 5 introductory beads as on the Dominican Rosary.
One begins and ends this chaplet with the
De profundis or an Our Father and Hail Mary.
On the large beads is made acts of faith, hope, and charity.
On each small bead is said: “Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.”
Each decade is concluded with: “Eternal rest grant unto them, etc.”
The final prayer is as follows:
V. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
V. May he/she rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.
May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless us and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes:
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

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Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

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