by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #201, CT 309182

"Be Glad When You Are Sad"
(I Peter 1:6)

In this you greatly rejoice, even though
now for a little while, if necessary, you
have been distressed by various triaLs---
Anthony Lewis, a columnist for the New York Times, wrote about an
American classic. He quotes from a book written by Russell Baker,
entitled, Growing Up. He says:
Part of the book's fascination is the glimpse it has
given of another America, long ago and far away. A
country of desperate self-reliance.
But there is another level of deeper interest. That
is the life, the inner life of Russell Baker. When
his father died, he sat in Bessie Scott's kitchen and
cried. She talked to him about God's love.
"Bessie said I would understand someday, but she was
only partly right. That afternoon, though I couldn't
have phrased it that way then, I decided that God was
a lot less interested in people than anybody in
Morrisonville was willing to admit. That day I
decided that God was not entirely to be trusted.
After that I never cried again with any real
conviction, nor expected much of anyone's god, except
indifference. Nor loved deeply without fear that it
would cost me dearly in pain.
"At the age of five, I had become a skeptic, and
began to sense that any happiness that came my way
may be the prelude to some grim, cosmic joke."
How many people who face troubles and trials feel that God is
indifferent? Like Russell Baker, who at the age of five believed that
life was basically a cosmic joke, and that God is indifferent to the
troubles and trials of life.
I'm sure that many of you may have thought that, or may be feeling that
right now. How do you react to the troubles of life? How do you deal
with the trials that come? When you get bad news do you go all to
pieces? Where do you turn when ...

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