“Well, I … uh …” Pat realizes there’s no comeback to your question. “I guess you’re right. How can I be mad at a God who doesn’t exist?”
You say a silent prayer that God would guide your conversation.
“You know,” you say, “it’s not your fault for what’s going on with your parents. And it’s also perfectly okay to be mad at God. I’m pretty sure God can handle it.”
Pat looks up at you. In the firelight you can see wonderment and shock, with a twinge of hope.
“I’ve never heard any Christian say that before.”
“You mean somebody’s actually told you not to be angry with God?” you ask.
“Well … no. But I always figured it was like, a sin or something. To doubt God or to question God or to be angry at God — ” Pat trails off. You can almost see the puzzle pieces coming together.
All of a sudden a bible verse pops into your head. You find yourself speaking it aloud:
“we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
“What’s that?” Pat asks. “Where’d you hear that?”
“It’s from Romans, I think,” you mention, almost absent-mindedly. When did I ever memorize that verse?!
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