This frequently asked question comes from both ‘religious’ and ‘non-religious’ people. It’s a good question, one that I would ask before attending a retreat on grief.
I would ask it because personally I would not want someone telling me what I should believe about something so very personal. Plus, when I experienced heart-breaking loss, my thoughts and feelings toward my God were pretty negative.
Often, people from both ‘faith’ and ‘no’ faith backgrounds have much confusion concerning an all powerful and all loving God seemingly doing nothing while we go through really hard times.
These are truly legitimate emotions and thoughts. Thus the book I just finished revising, Why Do You Hurt Me, God? is now being offered for preordering. See the information below for details. While admitting that none of us can have all the answers to these complex questions, we hope that the book can give some insight into these matters.
As I wrote earlier on this site, we welcome anyone with loss to our retreats, regardless of their background, or religious or no religious beliefs, etc. It truly has been a joy to meet so many people from so many different backgrounds. We respect and accept and love every single person who comes to a retreat.
We also allow people to be totally honest with their emotions. Recovery from anything is rooted in honesty. So many people who come to retreats are really angry at their God; Some are not angry, but deeply confused about God. Others do not know what to believe. And some do not believe in any kind of supreme being.
We also tell our participants that we who lead Spark retreats are Christians, and make no apologies for our faith, but that we will not and do not push our beliefs on others.
We are excited about what is happening at Spark of Life Retreats. Thanks for being part of this journey with us. Perhaps being confused together can be a good thing. And perhaps we all can help each other grow as we live in this complex world.