Some months ago, I had a brief discussion with a man who insisted therewas no God. He said anyone who believed in God must be a fool. Hewas quite belligerent about it. But I wanted to listen objectively and understand his point of view. So Ilistened, and I looked at it head-on. THERE IS NO GODI allowed myself to fully experience that perspective. It was like a cold,suffocating emptiness. A deep loneliness with no hope . . . And I thought – Wow! No wonder you people are so cranky!! But that wouldn't be the right thing to say at all, would it? For one thing, I am not interested in arguing or trying to put anyone down. And for another thing, I am sure someone would point out the fact that there are plenty of people who profess a strong belief in God who are just as belligerent and cranky as non-believers. And some might even say that the MOST belligerent and cranky people they had ever met were“believers”. And I would definitely not try to argue against THAT point!I would just want to say – That is NOT the way it is supposed to be!Making a strong connection with God is about finding peace and joy andlove.. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control . . .Galatians 5:22-23Connecting with God is about finding comfort and strength when life ispainful and difficult. It's about finding purpose and meaning when lifedoesn't seem to make sense.