Feel free to grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and join our conversation about life and faith, the things that make sense and the things that don't. I'll raise some questions and themes along the way, and you can chip in with some of your own. What we're after here is perspective, some practical wisdom about life, and maybe a little light for the journey. Life is a pretty tough test for everyone, so we might as well compare notes and prepare for it together.
Since the devastating tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma Monday afternoon, we have seen the grim pictures of destruction and debris and watched the interviews with many of the survivors. The commentators have added their thoughts and a few preacher types have interpreted this event as some form of God's judgment. Those who have suffered such traumatic loss are either blaming God or praising God, depending on their own theological bent. Is it God who sent the storm or God who preserves us through the storm? Is it both or is it neither? Are natural disasters always acts of God?
I reflected on this question awhile back when the volcano erupted in Iceland while I was in rout to Ukraine. Here are my thoughts. I welcome yours.