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SOUL ISSUES:Acts of God   

Rev Liz Petipren

By Reverend Liz Petipren 


If you read the fine print on some contracts, no one is liable for the “Acts of God.” “Acts of God” 

 are defined as disasters beyond human control, like storms, floods, lighting, and protracted visits from uninvited in-laws. I find it fascinating that in such contracts, God takes the rap for everything that goes wrong and receives no credit for the things in our world that go right.  

God is responsible for far more cool stuff than disasters. Consider this morning’s stunning sunrise; the stately trees outside your window and the birds that sing in their branches; your beloved’s embrace; your child’s finger painting on your refrigerator door; and your dog greeting you with such joy upon your return back home, that you are tempted to go out and come home again. 

Acts of God are pretty much everywhere, if you just look. 

God is not the source of our troubles but rather, the source of our happiness. God does not sit “up there” and point a finger to cause a landslide, because we were bad. We live in a physical world that is risky. People have created far more pain, loss, suffering, and disaster than God ever has. We undermine ourselves with psychic self-flagellation and hurt each other with unkindness. Not because we mean to. We just forget that God wants us to be happy. 

Sure, some stuff goes wrong. Disasters happen, some dreams go up in smoke, and everyone experiences some pain. But a lot more stuff goes right. In fact, most things go right most of the time. Maybe it is time to listen less to the news and more to our hearts. In spite of the scary prognostications that abound, immense well-being is present if we are open to receive it. Even if we have denied well-being, at any moment we can change our minds. Perhaps mercy and forgiveness are God’s greatest acts. 

Life is an act of God. Wherever anyone lives and loves, God is acting. That act deserves not to be relegated to fine print, but imprinted on our consciousness in bold headlines. 

Affirmation: “I find immense good wherever I look.”  

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