photo: Craig Dennis
Hi there! This is day 11 of a series I’m writing this October called 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness. You can find the entire series here: 31 Days of Hope in Brokenness.
“God will never give you more than you can handle.”
“God just needed another angel, so He took him/her to heaven.”
“The Lord helps those who help themselves.”
“Everything happens for a reason.”
Horsecrappery. All of it. I cringe when I hear someone say these things to people who are hurting. These statements can be found in the Bible in the book of Nowhere, chapter nope, verses eleventy-nine – seven hundred and never. They’re not in there. Don’t be fooled. These are mostly made-up phrases that get recycled a lot by well-meaning people. At first, it’s nice to think that everything happens for a reason, right? It can give us comfort in situations where we don’t understand why something hasn’t gone our way in life. We don’t get the job, break up with someone, or miss out on an opportunity and someone says, “Everything happens for a reason,” genuinely trying to help. So what’s the big deal? (more…)