Tonight I will be doing a funeral for an 18 year old girl who died tragically last week. Her name was Bridgette and she worked at the local Dunn Bros. coffee shop. Since we don’t have an office, I spend most of my afternoons over at Dunn Bros. working from one of the comfortable chairs near the roaster. And it was there that I got to know Bridgette. She often would come and talk with me in between customers. She had been through many struggles, but was really putting her life back together. She was getting ready to leave the following morning for college. Her car was already packed with all of her belongings. She had goals, dreams, and plans that she was about to pursue.
My reaction to her death has been all over the place. From shock, to sadness, to a refusal to accept it, with maybe even a little bit of anger thrown in for good measure. I will miss Bridgette. And it doesn’t seem fair. Why her? Why now?
Actually, it is only natural for a tragedy like this to bring up all sorts of questions. At a time like this, many people question the meaning of life, or what happens to us when we die, or what in the world God is doing? And that is understandable. Right now many people are hurting, or confused, or angry, or frustrated, or depressed over what happened to Bridgette.
And it is at times like this that I am reminded how nice it is that I believe in a God who is bigger than all my questions. I believe in a God who can handle my anger and frustration, and who understands my confusion and depression. He is a God of Hope. A God of Truth. A God of Love. He is faithful, even when I am struggling with making sense of what is going on.
For those of you who may also be struggling with questions, I encourage you to find your answer in God. Check out some of the other blogs in this website to find out more about this God that I am talking about. I particularly recommend the blog, called “A Glimmer of Hope.” It talks about a man who was able to have hope in the midst of a terrible time.
I also want to invite you to share your questions and thoughts with me. You can typically find me on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons over at Dunn Bros. (corner of 2nd street and HWY 41, downtown Chaska) sitting in one of the big comfy chairs by the window and the roaster. Feel free to come over and join me. I would love to talk with you more about hope. You can also feel free to send an email or give me a call, or even consider stopping by some Sunday for church. The River is a great place to come if you have some questions about who God is.