My favorite time to walk my dogs is after dark on a fall evening. I love the opportunity to walk peacefully in my quiet neighborhood and to admire the stars in the sky. I guess it is a great opportunity to take in the grandeur of God.
In spite of all the bad in this world, I still believe in God. Who placed those stars in the sky for me to enjoy? God! Non-believers can say they came about from the big bang … but who started the “big bang”? I say, God.
Yes, there is famine, poverty, death, destruction and personal pain in this world, but there are also people in this world who can help with all of these issues. I believe God gifted all the people who are working on the vaccine for COVID-19, with their knowledge to help us. I believe in the good in the world, and I believe that comes from God working inside you and me.
We instinctively care for our family. We love them with every ounce of our being, at least most of us do.
When we experience unconditional love, whether from a spouse, a parent, or a sibling, we are experiencing God. God loves us so much that he gave us his only son. Do you remember that wonderful Scripture passage "For God so loved the world that gave us his only Son that whoever believes in him will have life and have it to the full.” -- John 3:16
God does not cause pain. We all live in an imperfect world. There is no one walking this Earth who has not experienced pain.
How we respond to this pain, whether in our personal lives or more globally, is what sets us apart as caring Christian people.
I know a number of people, who have become jaded from the pain they have experienced, but I also know an equal number of people who have experienced great pain and have still held onto their faith and it has actually made them stronger.
We need each other. We are all better because we are loved by someone. I wish I could say to your face, “God loves you,” but this will have to do. God has a plan for you and it is something good.
God did not create this beautiful world, with all its amazing creatures, for you to be miserable. God wants us to be happy.
I believe in God because there is a sunrise every day, because there are good people in my life who care for me, and because I believe in the greatest book ever written -- the Bible.
For God so loved the world that he gave us everything good around us for us to savor and to work to improve anything we perceive as bad or negative.
My God bless you with a great joy this week. Remember God is good,
Mark Nuehring is director of faith formation at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. "From the Pulpit" features reflections from area religious leaders. To contribute, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "From the Pulpit" in the subject line.