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November 3, 2012

The special goodness of God


C.S. Lewis insists that our biggest surprise when we see God will be that He will not look all that strange to us. We’ll not have the foggiest notion until that very hour how He will look, but when we see Him we’ll know that we’ve always known Him. And we’ll realize with a startling feeling what part He has played during many an hour in our lives when we have thought ourselves to be alone. That fleeting sense we’ve often had of someone friendly nearby, or of some good “omen” or wishful thought or a suddenly hopeful awareness residing in the back of our minds will be explained then. Those central musical themes that sing through every moment of happiness, and then evade our memory for a season, will be recovered. For we won’t say to the Almighty, when we see Him, “Who are you?” We will rather say, “So — it was you — all the while.”

God’s goodness is so special!


Rev. Richard G. Parker is a retired American Baptist and United Methodist pastor residing in Newburyport with his spouse, Karen. He may be reached at

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