The Only Card in the Deck

During a recent visit to my oncologist, the nurse and I were chatting and the topic of Zach’s suicide came up. She then said, “God will only give you what you can handle.” Dang it. That was probably the 50th time I heard that phrase. And I used to believe it. Prior to four years ago, I’d have said the same thing. And meant it. Where has God been the past 4 years? Cancer. Suicide of my son. Surely a loving God wouldn’t “give” me these incredibly horrible events. Did He really think I could handle these? Do people think that God has a deck of cards, dealing them to different people? What would be on those cards? Homicide? Suicide? Cancer? Alzheimer’s? Heart attacks? MS? Addiction? Deformity? M

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