From Father Stephen:
After a number of decades as a Christian pastor, I am convinced that
most of what God does in our lives and in our world remains hidden.
I have many thoughts as to why this is so – but that it is so, I have
no doubt. There are things in my life, which at the time they took
place, seemed confusing and contradictory – but after careful, slow,
reflection, seem to have been the hand of God. There are things that I
have suffered through the years, that I now see as beneficial and even
salvific, that I would never have considered to be so at the time. As a
pastor, I am always hesitant (with others people’s lives) to offer that
insight. In the middle of pain, such “insights” can be very difficult to
As an ordinary laywoman, I completely agree with this priest. I have been through emotional pain,. so severe, I wanted to die. I have been taken through paths I did not choose, and did not know why.
Yes, after calm and slow reflection (and prayer), I can accept those things and see the salvific in them.. Now I see where those events were leading. And it is very difficult to rememberthis when in the midst of pain and sorrow.
"Yea, even though He slay me, yet I will trust Him."
Glory to God for All Things