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February 04, 2009


lisa tanner

you know, i'm the worst at saying 'everything happens for a reason' - i mean seriously, i say it all the time. but yes, i don't get the reason - really, i don't. this is something jason and i have really struggled with since cole was diagnosed in 2005. i held strong to my beliefs though and now after i say 'everything happens for a reason' i usually follow it up with a 'i just don't need to know what it is'. i feel that way because the reason may not be good enough for me - so i don't need to know, don't want to know. there is no reason good enough for so many bad things to happen and i can name so many that have happened to friends and family (and us). i just hope one day we'll get it and see the why - but in the meantime it sucks!! i'm sorry for your friend - i just can't imagine. that's something i've been thinking about a lot more lately - my parents, and their age and the things that could just happen. oh the anxiety!!


That's definitely one of my favorite quotes (and well, duh, I was the one that put it on there.. hehe).

I don't want to rock anyone's boat, but I'm not really a fan of the "everything happens for a reason" philosophy. I do believe God is in control, and I know that He knows what stuff is going to happen- it doesn't take Him by surprise like it does us... but I think that there are things that happen because the world is broken. It is a broken place, full of broken people. It is not redeemed, not perfect like it once was... so in that, there are horrible things, like death and rape and all sorts of crap, that happen because this is a messed up place. So I suppose you could say it all happens for a reason- but in a more generic way. As in, sin and death and crappy stuff happens as a way to point us all to the fact that we need Hope.

Sorry if this doesn't make much sense, that's what you get when you have a girl leaving comments that studied way too much theology & philosophy (and is married to a dude with a degree in Christian ethics). HA!

And also... enough of my musings and more of my lovin' on Mandy. I'm sorry that you've been suffering so much lately and I do hope you have a restful (and blissful!) weekend away. :) XOXO.


Hey, I had an ultra long comment typed, so I am emailing it!


Very good. Loved this post. I heard about Blissdom through your blog, and totally would have packed up and gone if I didn't have a wedding or bachelorette party to attend...I can't remember which, they are all running together...??... So, next year I'm so there!

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