“Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
We know that these were the words of our Lord and Savior as He approached the end of His human existence to enter the Divine. These words can be confusing when we look at our caring and loving God and wonder why He allowed His only son to die in such excruciating pain. This is also a question many of us ask of God when a tragedy occurs in our lives. When death takes someone we love we ask God, “why?”. Because He is all knowing and all powerful, it is natural for us to place the blame on God during the hardest seasons of our lives. However, our faith tells us that God does not wish us pain in any form (including the loss of a loved one). Rather, it is through Him that we can find hope and comfort in the midst of our pain. 

As we reflect on this Easter season, we know that God did not forsake His beloved Son. Rather, He allowed Jesus to experience humanity and its suffering so that Jesus could emerge as the Divine Savior of Humanity – the ultimate example of how suffering can lead to some type of greater hope and purpose. 

God is a loving Father who we can go to with all of our struggles. He does not cause the tragedies that befall us, but He does allow life on Earth to move on a natural course. He does not forsake us, but saves us. In days when we can’t help but ask God “why”, remember the hope that Jesus Christ provides. His story did not end on Good Friday, but on Easter Sunday with His Joyous resurrection. It is through God and through Jesus Christ that we can find hope. 

May God bless you and your families during this Easter season, a season of hope. 

God bless,
Andrej Lah

April 2021

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