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A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition. Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office. In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.
Shortly before we got married, Judy was part of an innovative twelve member touring theatre troupe, mainly touring the south and mid-west. There is an old adage in acting: "There are no small parts, just small actors." Because Judy was the lead in their production of Sophocles' Electra, she was assigned lesser roles in other works they did. So, in their adaptation of the Biblical Book of Job, she was part of the Woman's Chorus. In some respects this role was harder than Electra, as the women had to learn to breath as one person and to chant in an eerie and ethereal way as the voice of God. Because Job was a large part of what they did that year, Judy came to love Job and the theological questions.
Job asks the important question, "why do bad things happen to good people?" If you have not read it, you should. It reads like, well, a play. Job's friends bring up all the standard arguments about why suffering happens. Job rejects them all and demands a hearing with God. God appears to Job in a whirlwind and says essentially that if Job can not answer the mysteries of life itself, he will not be able to understanding the mystery of suffering. Job suddenly gets it. While God will not answer his questions, God has come to him, a mere mortal. "God is with us" that's the translation for the word Emanuel. God promises to be with us.
"I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last day, I shall see him face to face," says Job. These were words of comfort to Judy in life and a comfort to me now that she is with God. I know that my Redeemer lives, and that Judy now sees him face to face.
Am I grieving because she died too soon and too quickly? Of course! There are days that are harder than others, and each day I miss her voice, her wit, her touch. There are times when I too want to know the mystery of why bad things happen to good people. But am I devastated? No. I know that my Redeemer lives, and that Judy lives with him. And that is comfort, even in this sad time.