From Pastor Davies – 6/16
Last Sunday’s mass shootings in Orlando – the deadliest in our nation’s history – have deeply shocked and saddened us all.
Occasions such as this tragedy cause us to cry out, “Why?” Over and above the grief which we feel on the death of any loved one or friend, there is the extra and painful question, “Why did it have to happen in this way?” Also, we feel betrayed by God.
All down the age’s people have cried out to God, “Why have you allowed this to happen?” Or even more directly, “Why have you done this to ME?” The Psalms of the Old Testament are full of cries like these. Even Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
As God listens with compassion to our cry, God quietly asks us to believe and trust. God asks us to offer the weight of our grief and God will support us. God asks for faith and trust at the very moment when we feel that we have none to offer.
I believe God’s purposes are being slowly and painfully worked out in this world of ours in ways which surpass our power to understand. God does not will tragic deaths, but such deaths happen in the world. And when they do, God is there to help. God may not take away our pain, but God enables us to bear our pain. God gives us strength to cope. And, most importantly, our faith tells us that in spite of the darkness we are sometimes called upon to enter on our travels through life, the road will finally end in glorious triumph of light and joy and the final meaning of it all.
Now, during this most difficult and trying time yet again in our nation’s life and our personal lives, we must place our hope and faith in the words of the Psalmist: “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (27:1) And, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (46:1).
The Rev. Craig S. Davies