Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 1, 2012

Alex Sniffen

Sophomore, History Major with a Specialization in International Relations

Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Ps 30:2+4, 5-6, 11-12a+13b
2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15
Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43

Something that I have come to recognize over the more recent years of my life is that while God does create the world and plans for each scenario that may take place, there will always be the evil that comes into play and distorts his plans.

I have read many times that God does not create evil, or evil could potentially be simply an absence of God in the heart of one of his creations. Many accuse God of simply taking joy in the suffering of his creations; this is completely misguided. While it may seem that some occurrences which take place are specifically designed by God to take his vengeance for our sins, there is always some plan, a new door that opens up through the suffering.

I had this occur in my own life, and the things that were taken away led me to focus on what truly mattered in my college career outside of my academics. I have worked within Residence Life and the R.O.T.C. program for a great amount of time, and near the beginning of this semester I had to drop many of my ties to the R.O.T.C. program and the military. This allowed me to focus on my work with Creighton’s Department of Residence Life, and the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, a region of NACURH, Inc. This program has been something I have been very passionate about since early freshman year, and through the opportunities and doors that God has provided for me it has been a major part of my life.

God does not bring suffering into our lives for no reason at all, but rather as a chance for us to look and reflect upon what and whom we truly love.   

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