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Pastor Jim Henry
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805
Reprint from Radio Program, "We Believe"
Program # 162 CT 410428
"THY WILL BE DONE"
It was in the newspaper sometime ago, and I clipped it out. The
heading read, "WHEN THE GOOD HAVE TO SUFFER, IS IT GOD'S WILL?"
She was ten years old and beautiful, the daughter
of my next door neighbor in North Carolina, a
fun-loving, affectionate girl who was a joy not
only to her parents, but also to everybody who
She had a heart murmur, but would grow out of it.
It was nothing to be unduly concerned about.
Then, in the winter, she came down with influenza,
- plain, ordinary "flu" - and two days later she
was dead. Like everybody else, I was stunned into
silence, and confused by the insanity of what had
happened. It was pointless, without reason. Why,
I went to the funeral, hopeful that the minister
would offer not only comfort, but also some kind
of answer that made sense. Why had it happened?
But I never heard an answer that made sense. What
I heard the minister say was that God picked only
the most beautiful and precious flowers for His
garden in heaven, and He needed her more than her
parents who thought their grief should feel
comforted that God had singled her out. I wanted
to run up and choke him.
Well, when Jesus said to pray: "Thy will be done on earth, as it is
in heaven," what all did that mean? If I could explain everything
that means in this message, I would certainly be the most marvelous
theologian that has ever graced this world. But since I'm not, I want
to give you some insight and some help, hopefully, that will perhaps
help us a little more graphically, possibly, to understand what this
phrase means in our Lord's Model Prayer.
First of all, when we say, "Thy will be done," let's look at a
definition. What would it mean to say, "Thy will be done"? Someone,
I believe it was William Barclay, suggested ...
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