Maggie and Me (a philosophical dialogue): Can I be angry at God?

Maggie on the Grand Teton

Question:  Can I be angry at God?

Answer:  I have had real moments of anger and frustration with God.  I am your dad and I have had to watch you undergo two heart surgeries, a spinal surgery and other minor surgeries.  Every single time I have asked how a good God could possibly let my young daughter continue to suffer, continue to need invasive surgery, and continue to struggle with her health.  Every single time I was angry at God.  But remember this: anger is not a loss of faith.  It is a human emotion given to us by God.  Expressing anger towards God is often times a natural reaction to the difficulties of life.  I am sure that God is big enough to handle our anger.  

Elie Wiesel, who had more than enough cause to be angry at God, said it best: “I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I’ve been closer to him for that reason.”