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NON-WL: My first Worship Associate Assignment

Friday, September 24, 2010

NON-WL means Non-Weight Loss related. :-) Just because it's on my mind.

This year I was accepted to be a Worship Associate at my congregation (I am Unitarian Universalist. if you want to know what that is). We help to run the service and we have to do a Personal Reflection about 3 minutes long on the subject of the sermon (this is the equivalent of the "reading" in Christian/Catholic churches)

So, I got the subject of my first Worship Associate sermon that I have to do a reflection on. Couldn't be something that I'm already comfortable with like Compassion, or Gratitude. Oh, no. My subject is "The Oldest Theological Question" - “Why do bad things happen?” Did God create evil? Are there people who are born bad? Is the Universe just random, where stuff happens and you have to deal with it? Is there any benevolence? If you are a really good person should you expect only good to happen to you? What do the religions of the world have to say about this question?

Holy Moly! I have my work cut out for me. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking that maybe it's not coincidence that I got this subject. Maybe I really need to think about it. The reflections are supposed to be your personal experience of the subject - and I'm happy to say I haven't had too much experience with evil. Badness, yes. But Evil, thankfully no. In fact, I'm a little afraid to delve into it too much for fear the universe will give me an opportunity to experience it.

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. I'll post my stuff after I deliver it on Sunday.
    3713 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    Wow! That IS deep. I HAVE been associated with evil, in the form of a sociopath ex, but it's easy to see why he came into my life - my daughter. But how you would explain terrorism or child abuse, etc., I have often wondered. I know that many times bad things result in people pulling together, or drawing some closer to God. But, as to why they happen, beats me. I don't think God CREATED evil, though. I think he gave us all free will, and left it up to us to deal with the consequences, positive and negative. Again, wow!
    3715 days ago
  • LLTS01
    Good luck on that one. I am way too tired to think.
    3716 days ago
    You are getting your feet wet with a complex topic - one that leaves many questioning faith.
    I'm sure you will find something meaningful and inspiring to share.
    3716 days ago
  • KARENE10
    Ooooooo---I would love to hear what your thoughts on the subject will be:) I DO think that if you are a really good person that good things should happen to you,BUT we know,sadly, that is NOT how it seems to work out for most people. If it did then there wouldn't be so many sayings like"No good deed goes unpunished" etc.etc. But then again they say that you'll find your rewards in Heaven. emoticon
    3716 days ago
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