Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Do you hear anything? Did you hear the cracking, the splitting – a sound like ice fracturing? like hearts breaking? It was a soft sound, muffled perhaps by the brick walls of the church building where it happened. It was a tired sound, a sigh of resignation for some, a sigh of relief, for others. It was the sound of a fresh schism in Indiana Yearly Meeting.
“This is an occasion for sadness for nearly everyone concerned, the sadness that if, as we have always believed, God called us…Continue
“Everything happens for a reason…” “It’s all part of God’s plan….” Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear someone say one of these phrases, or something very like it. I always wince.
These phrases are often meant to offer comfort after some unhappy event. Perhaps a hoped for job offer doesn’t come through. Perhaps a romance comes to an unexpected end. A friend then consoles you with these words: “everything happens for a reason,” or “it’s all part of God’s plan.”