The nation watched in horror on December 14, 2012 as it was reported that 20 year-old Adam Lanza fatally wounded 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The worst attack on an elementary, middle or high school in our nation’s history prompted some people to ask, “Why doesn’t God prevent human suffering?”
In her newest book, Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?, author Rhoda Janzen writes:
“None of the world religions promises fewer problems for people of faith. In fact every major world religion observes that suffering is inevitable and constitutive. We suffer as part of the human condition. Think about it: If we didn't suffer, would we still be human?"
God created us as free moral agents who are able to move toward him or away from him as we choose. Within each of us are the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. For some few, the result is evil beyond our comprehension and belief.
In response to unimaginable tragedy, people also ask, "Where is God?” The answer is apparent to people of faith. God is in the same place he's always been, ready and waiting to comfort and support us. In times of trouble, God is right where we need him, readily available to lift us up and ease our pain.
We gather strength from our faith in the Lord. Let us be bold in our witness and our belief that God can heal all wounds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
And raises up all who are bowed down.