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A few minutes ago I encountered yet another of those "When God closes a door, He opens another one for you/Be grateful for what God has given you" admonitions. Something snapped. Should abuse children and battered wives be grateful for the abuse they've sustained? Should victims of murder and worse be grateful for their untimely and often unspeakable ends? Should people born into poverty and with never a chance to get out of it be grateful? I could go on and on and on. The point is, maybe we shouldn't blame our troubles on G-d, but in that case, we shouldn't let G-d take the credit for our achievements and happy times. As is the case for many people, I've had every door in my life closed and locked behind me -- with nothing good at all ahead of me. Just once I'd like to be able to HONESTLY feel grateful for something truly good happening to me -- and not have to feel guilty for the outrage I feel at all the times life has run over me like a whole herd of 18-wheelers.

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