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Finding the life-giving well

God's will in difficult times, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

When I read this, I knew I had to share it with you. It’s a wonderful exploration of God’s will in things that don’t feel like God could will them.

“My greatest teachers about the will of God were the women I encountered on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Their context was urban poverty; their lives much sinned against. When their children died, and many children died, it was often called God’s will or God’s punishment.

One night we reflected on that reality in the family catechetical program. The discussion began to focus on how God’s will is not that people be oppressed. Everything we see through Jesus is the proclamation of life and abundance.

So it was that the mothers concluded that their children’ deaths were the will, not of God, but of bad water. A great deal of what happens in human life is contrary to the will of God.

What God wills and calls us to is a continual emergence from the tomb. To translate these lessons from Lima to my own life continues to be a process of conversion. It is the will of God that I engage in that process, name the bad water in my life for what it is and through my actions find a new, life-giving well.” (Theresa Rhodes McGee)

In this Easter season, we are living in the light of the empty tomb, but darkness is still present. Can you see the bad water in your life? Name it, and look for the life-giving well God has for you.

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