by Mark Stucky
We asked our preschooler to pray, and with dinner plates before us and our hands folded, he paused in silence and then roared in imitation of a wounded, angry dinosaur. We all laughed at the incongruous “prayer” from the tiny portrayal of a monstrous T-Rex, but was the inadvertent theology as inappropriate as first thought? Religious roars of pain and anger permeate the book of Job, the story of an exemplary man wounded by undeserved catastrophes. In anger, Job roared at judgmental comforters. In anguish, he roared at the world and at God. And God roared back from a whirlwind and later restored Job’s many blessings. When wounded by anguish or anger and longing for or fearing death, good therapy is roaring at God and baring one’s soul’s darkest depths, for God, through crucifixion, felt our pain and God, through resurrection, roared good news that monstrous Death dies defeated. And God will wipe away our tears at the final end of earthly evil’s roaring and the new beginning of celestial singing.
Mark D. Stucky has degrees in religious studies, pastoral ministry, and communications. After being a pastor, he became a technical and freelance writer. In his day job, he’s documented technology products (ranging from building automation to satellite communications). In free time, he’s written articles, stories, and poems on a variety of (usually spiritual) topics. He believes in following facts and faith, understanding other perspectives, preserving the earth, protecting the vulnerable, and saving the world (or at least trying to). For more writings, see cinemaspirit.info.