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Holding on to Faith in the Midst of Tragedy
by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
09/02/05
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Holding on to Faith in the Midst of Tragedy

In the face of all the images of pain and suffering coming from
Louisiana,it is only natural to turn to God and ask, Why? Where are
you, God, as these people's lives are torn apart? Why did you allow
nature to unleash her fury? It is tempting to look at this as somehow
God's punishment or to determine that God doesn't care, or that maybe
there is no God because a good God could never allow this to happen.

There are no easy answers and perhaps no answers at all this side of
heaven. It is on days such as this that faith is truly tested. We know
that evil exists. We know that nature is not always kind. Yet, in the
face of those realities, do we still believe in a good God? Do we
believe that God is there amidst the agony? Do we trust that God can
somehow bring some good out of this indescribable pain?

As Christians, we profess our faith in Jesus Christ who died on the
cross. Indeed, we do have a God that understands suffering and
abandonment as he cried out to His Father, "Why have you forsaken me?"
But the crucifixion only takes on its full meaning in light of the
Resurrection. So while we can question, yell, lament, and vent our
frustration with God, we need to hold on to our belief that God can
bring light out of the darkness. Easy? No. Necessary? Yes. For if we
cease to trust in ultimate goodness, than evil has truly won.


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Helen Harris 16 Oct 2005
Wonderful and powerful write with a great title. “Holding on to Faith in the Midst of Tragedy” Yes, amen to that. “As Christians, we profess our faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross. Indeed, we do have a God that understands suffering and abandonment as he cried out to His Father, "Why have you forsaken me?" But the crucifixion only takes on its full meaning in light of the Resurrection. So while we can question, yell, lament, and vent our frustration with God, we need to hold on to our belief that God can bring light out of the darkness. Easy? No. Necessary? Yes. For if we cease to trust in ultimate goodness, than evil has truly won.” Well written. Thank you, in Christ’s Love and Blessing, Helen
Helen Harris 16 Oct 2005
Amen!




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