Living Good Friday, moving into Holy Saturday, but can Easter Sunday be real?

Susan Price

This article is a theological reflection on the events of the Triduum, looking at how the author, working in a non-religious setting, makes sense of the experiences that she encounters. Susan Price works in a children’s hospice as a lay chaplain, and studies at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge.

 One way I can make sense of my experiences is to tell a story, in so doing, I realise that I am telling The Story – the story of God’s presence in my experience. As Elaine Graham has explored,1 telling stories is a way of bringing about order in a chaotic world.

Why tell this story?
In telling my story, I want to explore one of the underlying tensions that arise for some people. This revolves around the question – ‘how can God do this to children?’ Sheila Cassidy explores the struggle that goes on to make sense of the dual realities that she sees as ‘the existence of appalling wickedness and suffering and our belief in a loving God.’2 For many people I encounter, the concept of a loving God is tied up with an image of an omnipotent, omniscient God. This is not the image of God that I find present in the hospice. By reflecting on current thinking within disability theology I will show that the image of a vulnerable, frail, fragile God is more relevant in this context and helps to make more sense of the dual realities of suffering and a loving God.

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