Where is God?
Why do bad things happen?
This is a question many are asking this week in light of the bombing at the Boston marathon. Only this isn't just a question we ask when tragedy hits the headlines. It's a question we likely hear ourselves or others asking every day. And I'm not sure we will answer that question. Even if we could, I am not sure it would really help our pain. So let me offer this question instead: Where is God when bad things happen?
God is in the embrace we give to our children when we squeeze them a little tighter in the aftermath of tragedy.
God is in the silent spaces of our prayers when we can’t put our words together.
God is in the volunteers and rescue workers.
God is in us when we work for justice and confront evil.
God is the tears, in the cries of lament, in the heartache we feel.
Where is God when bad things happen? God is weeping with us.
We turn to our prayers to sustain us when tragedy happens. We turn to our faith to help us hold the questions we have. We turn to each other to experience the love of God. We believe that though there is tragedy, new life is always possible.
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. – Isaiah 41:10