I received this email recently in the wake of the devastation in Haiti. I’ve been working overtime this week helping set up the ODW Haiti Relief Fund. We increased our goal to $100,000. If you’re thinking of donating, consider partnering with us. But in the midst of busyness, I haven’t had a chance to answer many of my emails including this one from one of our blog readers. I think it would be good for us – together – to wrestle, answer, question, and believe along.
Read it and let’s discuss. Whatever you do, please don’t mention Haiti and the Devil in the same sentence. But I’d love to hear some of our collective thoughts.
Here’s the email I received:
I wanted to ask you for some help. As someone who knows and believes in God’s amazing love as represented in Christ and His love, I also know that I have doubts in my own faith.
Particularly, I have always struggled to comprehend or to help others understand God’s love when great tragedies like natural disasters happen (or any tragedy). I have just recently visited Haiti within the year and feel crushed at what happened and while looking at a CNN report and the comments that followed I cam across this comment from “bduce”:
“I am going to donate to help the people of Haiti. Prayers and religion do little to help and those that say god works in mysterious ways only have to look at Haiti to question if there is a god. If there were a god, would he have let this happen? If so, then a god like this has no place on earth.”
I want to respond and tell him that God exists, that He loves the people of Haiti, that God loves him (bduce), but I don’t know how to explain it in a way that makes sense.
To me, love doesn’t mean that everything goes right, the way we think it should. Love doesn’t mean that tragedy and sadness will not exist in our lives. To me love is everything, the joy and the sorrow.
As someone who I feel is gifted in communication, what would you say? How do we make sense of God’s role in all of this? Can we?
I know you are busy but I just felt I needed to ask you these questions. Thanks for all that you and One Days Wages are doing to support Haiti and for always fostering discussion.
FWIW, this doesn’t answer the question but I loved this post so much.