God Has a Plan

I’d like some Pollyanna words, please
a pail full of platitudes
tell me everything’s going to be fine.
It’s a lie we both want to believe.

Where did my joy go?
What happened to God’s grace?
Loss—the other side of joy
two arteries of one heart
pumping pain and joy to
those who open fully to living.

Is it possible to be grateful
for pain and loss?
Are there blessings in sorrow?
Can I only believe in
a Santa Claus God?

I want to believe that
God has a plan
that life has meaning
so I ask for at least
enough faith to believe this
even if I don’t understand it.

God has a plan.

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4 Responses to God Has a Plan

  1. Life is both simple and complex, isn’t it? The pain as well as the joy of it. As I have come to understand it over time the language of “God’s plan” no longer has meaning and, in fact, obscures the dynamism of the divine-human encounter. I think the biblical view is of God as in constant movement with us, not pre-determining but walking with us, engaging us all along the way, calling and responding, even to the point that God “repented from the evil he would do,” i.e. changed mind about how to respond to human folly. Just my thoughts. My experience of God is one of presence and absence. The Holocaust was not part of God’s plan. My daughter’s death from cancer at the age of 33 was not part of a plan in place before Katie was born. The only plan, so far as I can tell, is to love us to death and to expect us to do the same. It’s all in process.

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    • Pat Cegan says:

      Thank you for sharing your thought on this complex subject. More and more I retreat to my sandbox, play and quit asking “What’s it all about, Alphie?” But each morning I sit with pen in hand and write down what comes. Then I post it for all to read, think about, ponder, use or ignore. I can not imagine your sorrow over Katie’s death. No parent should have to bury a child. May your days be filled with peace and love. extra hug, pat

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      • Thanks, Pat. I do the same – sit with pen in hand in the morning and see what comes.

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      • Pat Cegan says:

        I am curious about this process, where does 13,000 poems come from? Or all the creative ideas? I just accept it as something I am being led to do but not sure why or how it works. I know I learn as much from the poems as my readers do, if not more. I am really blessed to have this in my life. Hugs, pat

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