“Leave God out of this.”
“You pray too much.”
“Let’s not talk about God anymore.”
If any of these or similar remarks sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. I’ve heard these and many other comments throughout my life, and especially when speaking with people who are in pain, living with illness, or are caring for those who are, whether medical professionals or not. For some, it’s all well and good to speak about God – to a point. Too much “God talk” can, for them, start to feel threatening or bewildering. And they want to put an end to it.
Others are not open to God at all, preferring to think about some other “higher power,” whether themselves or science or the latest fad in self-care.
And others are afraid to bring up the subject of God and life, health, and wholeness, because they don’t want to “offend” others.
For me? There’s never enough talk of God! Or prayer! Or striving to lead a faithful life!
For me, I cannot “leave God out” of much of anything – He’s everywhere, and ever-moving.
But does that mean that bringing God in crowds out all other discussion? Absolutely not. We live on this earth, we are human, and we have human concerns, likes, dislikes, and dreams. We are children of God – and He works through us. It’s all blessedly connected!
And does that mean that we take on the cloak of a vehement preacher, shaking our fist and Bible? Not at all – if we are true to the Gospel, and if we are truly faith-filled, we should be so full of joy and light that it shines from our words, faces, lives!
So, I pray, talk about God, and bring Him into my life because He is wonderful, I am human, and doing so fills me with immense thanksgiving and joy!