Do our lives follow a script?

Print Article

Rev. Walter Klockers

Recently, I watched a television program that piqued my interest. The central character reflected upon a string of tragic events in her life. She said, “I never realized that I’d chosen it.” The line was delivered sarcastically.

From quite an early age, misfortune had surrounded this person. The people she loved kept on dying. As a result, she avoided getting close to anyone because they could end up being killed as well. Her life was a bit of a mess. She numbed the pain through alcohol.

This woman is fictional. Nevertheless, her words really made me think.

How much of our lives are the result of choices we have made? How much of the path has been predetermined?

I am certain that there are some things we have no control over. Some examples – we don’t choose “what we are born into” – namely, our biological parents and family, ethnic and religious heritage, economic status, country of origin, et cetera.

I am also inclined to believe that we still have free will (with its rewards and consequences).

I have a difficult time getting my mind around the possibility that all the details of our lives have been predetermined.

From Matthew, Chapter 26: “Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over there and pray.’ And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’ And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’”

This was the first of three such prayers of Jesus to the Father. One could read these words and conclude that Jesus had sincere hopes of there being yet another way. God can do all things, so why not change course and find a different method? Did it have to be Jesus as a sacrificial lamb?

In the end, that plan did not change.

As a result, the fate of our souls has been sealed, for those who accept God’s grace through Christ.

Did you ever realize that we all have been chosen?

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for more than 25 years.

Print Article

Read More Religion

Are you worried about worrying so much?

June 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm | Columbia Basin Herald “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” — Philippians 4:6 So, there you go. This seems rather straightfo...


Read More

The Island Marble Butterfly — in Jesus’ name?

May 30, 2019 at 5:55 pm | Columbia Basin Herald In John 14:13, Jesus says: “If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” If you are reading this article on Friday, May 31, my family and I will be headed back home to Moses Lake today. We ...


Read More

St. Francis leaves the garden for the battlefield

May 10, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald How many of you know about St. Francis of Assisi? He lived over 800 years ago. Today, you may recognize his image in the form of garden statuary. This symbolizes Francis’ love of God’s good creation....


Read More

A week unlike any other (I hope)

May 10, 2019 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Let me ask you this: have you ever had “one of those days?” I know I have; I’m going through one of those weeks right now. I would love to tell you that people of faith are able to just sail through ...


Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2019 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy