Why Did God Make Me This Way?

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Two quick thoughts…okay, no…3.
1) Thank God somebody else feels split down the middle on “supralapsarianism” and “infralapsarianism”, even if it is 6:45 in the morning! I mean, refreshing to read that someone who I believe thinks well about Christian doctrine* isn’t dogmatically anchored to either place, though I don’t think ill of those who are committed to one conclusion or the other.
2) Hooray! I’m right there with you that depression sucks, that there are no magic answers for Christians who live with a mental health dx, but that God is RIGHT THERE, hurting alongside us.
3) J.S. Park rocks!

*I don’t agree 100% w/ anyone on all doctrine…including myself 2 years ago. The blessing, &, occasional curse, of my mind, is that it is very changeable. That said, I like a lot of what Park has to say about things, &, not being a contrarian (well…today, anyway), don’t feel the pathological need to lay out any areas where we’re of different perspectives.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

bluerbluebluesky asked a question:

Hey JS it’s been a while, hope you’re well and congrats on your marriage (and your new books). Please bear with me, it’s weird writing in being removed from Christianity, but you really do seem like a genuine and real guy and I had really appreciated your words before. How do you stay confident in a good God when He has “fearfully and wonderfully” made you with depression? I can’t understand why He’d watch His kids live with chronic unbalanced neurochemicals that make them suicidal. Thanks JS

Hey dear friend, I appreciate your very kind words and I’m thankful for your honest challenging question.

I think there are really two ways to look at this. One is that God created everything in history, including death and disease and disasters, as a big ball of yarn that will one day be un-done by His glory. The other…

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cathsparks is a 1970 model writer, disability advocate, spouse of 23+ years, and adoptive parent of grown children. She's been creating stories since early childhood, when she wrote her earliest work, "The Dog Who Ate Spaghetti". (Spoiler alert: It's about a dog who---wait for it---eats spaghetti.) Cathy enjoys backroads travel, ethnic cuisine, reading dystopian and mystery fiction, watching classic and documentary film, and doing family history research. Professionally, she's been everything from a small-town waitress, to a youth minister, a hat and handbag saleslady, a licensed early childhood ed director, and even a case manager for kids with Severe Emotional Disturbance. Currently, she writes, consults, does research, and is a city-appointed poll official. Politically an odd duck, she has friends that run the gamut from Socialist to Constitution Party, and nearly everywhere in between. Likewise, Cath has many chums who share her Christian faith, to be sure, but also enjoys meaningful friendships with folks who embrace other paths, including agnostics and atheists. There is no singular Sparks litmus test for fellowship, other than an honest effort at mutual respect. She and her husband, Jason (who was her first kiss, 30+ years ago), live part-time with their oldest, a son---an accomplished artist and Special Olympian attending a special needs college much of the year in the upper Midwest---and several ferocious house-cats. (Over half of them are "grand-kitties", but don't see them leaving soon!) They also have a "grand-lizard" and a "grand-pup", both in other states.) This son has classes and activities days a week, lots of friends, and when in Nashville, has been active in community group, and men's bible study nights (though he skips the suds), retreats, church work days, and more. His sweet sometime girlfriend attends church with him, and they enjoy dining out and double/group outings to the movies. He's developing job and skills at school, and striving for appropriate independence in all these areas and more. He's excited to be in the dorms, going to a church of his choice, going on outings, and preparing for a career, at his college for people with intellectual disabilities.It lies farther North, even, than the homes of either of his siblings. All 3 of cathsparks' and hubsy's kids were raised to travel, and, like their parents, are happy wanderers. Their daughter---a double-majoring college Senior in the Midwest---lives in a beautiful rented house, and is a happy wife and legal guardian to a football-playing middle school lad. (That's a lot of hyphenates!) She's active in ministry, plays drums, and lived for a semester in Siberian Russia. Her husband is an ordained minister. Between the 2 of them, post-honeymoon, they've been to 9 different countries. and a great many prominent American cities. The trio at this daughter's home recently adopted a puppy to add to their growing family. Cath and Jason enjoy spending time with their grown-up kids, at their small 1940 Tudor revival, in East Nashville's Inglewood neighborhood, during their holidays and school breaks. Their youngest and his bride live in an deep South state, where they moved recently. In another state he took classes, drove a forklift, and built a steady career in middle management, at a company where he had the respect and appreciation of those who work with him. We're sure he'll be just as successful down South. The youngest twosome in the family have a brilliant and beautiful 2 year old girl, who Grammy and Gramps adore, another sweet even-tempered girl they love who is 1, and a newborn baby boy. That makes a total of 4 human grandkids, ages 0.2-14. Back in Nashville, Cath, Jason, and their oldest son attend Restoration, a diverse, loving body of believers who accept them, flaws and all. They are sin-prone, messy creatures, living in a temperamental 78 year old Tudor cottage with too many books, lots of iced tea, and their maximum number of felines.

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