posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 06:45 AM
This is indeed a tough topic to help someone with. I myself am still coping with the tragedy. Basically we're trying to understand something
that's beyond us the best we can. I found the best answer in a statement from someone I don't know:
Like so many people, I have struggled with this question as it pertains to my own life and the lives of others. Only by coming to terms over time with
something terribly sad in my life have I come to understand the role God plays when human tragedies occur.
I now feel that my God does not send bad things to punish us or test us. In fact, God does not send them at all. Rather I sense that there are
powerful forces loose in the world, forces like evil, disease and death.
What is God's role in all this turmoil? If God is not sending the disease, the accidents, the tragedies, then why not, Zeus-like, step in and prevent
them? For me, this is a harder question. The experience of the individual cries so clearly for divine intervention, for healing, for salvation from
emotional or physical pain. Although sometimes miraculous healings do occur which suggest the presence of the Divine, in my experience there generally
is not much physical intervention.
However, the "intervention" I have experienced has been as powerful as anything physical. I have grown certain that God actually mourns these
horrible events with us, that God is as sad, even more so, about what is happening to me as I am. God's role, I have felt, is to be "by my side,"
to understand me, to comfort me, to "lead me beside still waters... [and] restore my soul" (from Psalm 23) in the metaphorical "Valley of Death"
which I face, as does every other person in the world. Finally, and most importantly, God's role is to help me heal on a daily basis- help me collect
the pieces broken by experience- help me become Whole again, Whole as I was intended and created to be from the beginning by this loving God.
Hope this helps in some way...
Pray, train, study.
[edit on 2-3-2005 by saint4God]