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My God may have a diffenrent job description than yours; mine is the Creator, that’s all - but that’s everything! For some people, God is the Father, judge and jury, teacher, healer and savior - and above all, the fulfiller of prayers and wishes. He is also chief engineer, supervisor and maintenance man. Does God watch over every blade of grass to monitor its growth, or over every raindrop to direct its trajectory, so that it falls in the right place on its eventual journey to the sea? No way, for only a foolish and ineffective overseer would do that. Isn’t it enough that His / Her Creation, in all its glory, was created with mechanics and chemistry working in perfect unison in self adapting perpetuity? The wonder of Creation is not that God watches over everything - or creates everything from the ground up - but that He doesn’t have to! In more personal matters, does God decide who shall live and who shall die, who shall be afflicted or who shall thrive, or who shall catch cold or who shall suffer a hangnail? Like it or not, the god of Abraham, Isaac, and everyone else, seems not to give one flying fig about who lives or who dies, or why. Let’s give God His or Her due, but take responsibility ouselves - with the help of our leaders ( and sometimes despite them ) - to make this world that was given to us the best we can possibly make it.

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Published October 11, 2010

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