What I find interesting in the Facebook would is that people have difficulty with a clergy person having difficulty with life.
I stated that I find solitude most complete while being surrounded by people. The return comment was, "you can find that in church."
I commented about not getting a call; the comments were "God has something better for your."
What I find telling is that a clergy and a therapist were the only people who said anything like, "that sucks!"
Sometimes the best thing you can do for a person is affirm that sometimes the world sucks. People want a clergy that is all "happy, happy, joy, joy," but sometimes life isn't that way. Sometimes life just sucks.
I would hope that my journey could be means of creating a more realistic faith. Being a person of faith does not mean that everything will be wonderful, but it does mean that we have tools for dealing with the difficulties.
If I said that I have never thought of pitching my faith out the window, I would be lying. More than once I wanted to tell the world to just go to hell. I have contemplated "shedding this veil of tears." (Some might find that shocking, but if you have been reading this blog, it should come as no surprise.) Still do consider shedding it, at times.
But I am one of those silly people who believes that if we want change, we need to be the ones making it. I do believe that anger should be focused on changing the things that make us angry. I am also a big picture person which can make life very frustrating.
I think it is possible to be a person of faith and to also doubt in the existence of God. David did it. Moses did it. Even Jesus did it! (Think Garden of Gethsemane.)
No wonder the Christian faith is failing: We can't be Christian and be human. How sad for us.