Friday, September 12, 2008

that evanescent grip

Alison Rich tells BBC: What about if you have to speak to someone new who has a disfigurement, how should you react? Where should you look? Look them in the eye, but gently. If you find this hard at first then look at the bridge of their nose, it has the same effect. Shake their hand if appropriate, smile, nod your head in acknowledgement of their presence. Be sensitive to their cues - do they radiate confidence, fragility or sadness, are they in a hurry?

What should you say? How about "Hello." Sometimes it's a simple as that, talk about the weather, the price of petrol, how crowded the train is - as you would with anyone else. If you know the person and they have recently acquired a disfigurement, you could say that you're sorry they've been unwell or had an accident and ask them how they are.

Question: not-so-good circumstances equal bad luck?

The idea of luck, probability and random circumstances should be incongruous with the idea that a superior supernatural being governs all natural events.

So when a bad thing happens to a good man, what do we say that it is?

When a righteous man is rewarded with prosperity which blesses his lineage, i.e. that his later generations are blessed, that be good circumstances? Or not?

Conversely, a man born into poorer circumstances finds it harder to break out of his poverty. Is it plain bad luck?

What are the ultimate determinants of success in life? Is luck or circumstance one of them?

But there's no doubt that God's sovereign and in ultimate control... yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live (1 Corinthians 8:6)

Many things we fail to understand. Trust me, He says.

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