is God When Things Fall Apart?
It is easy to sense God's presence when things are going right.
But where is God when things fall apart? Do we not find the divine
presence in the very place that Jesus found it during his crucifixion?
Could there be a greater experience of tragedy and pain than that?
God was there in the loving acts extended to Christ by those who
loved him and stayed with him to the end. His mother, Mary Magdalene,
the disciples-- all were there in their grief and broken-heartedness.
In our world
of pain, we can find God in the loving acts of those
who stand by us. In our illnesses we can be grateful for those of
the medical profession who fight to restore our health. They are
the instruments of God and through them his love comes. All healing
really is divine. In our emotional distresses God comes to us
through a friend, a family member, a counselor, or a minister to
offer us encouragement. God is there through those who care. In
moments of deep need, God comes in a mysterious way to give us
--from the question "Where do I look to find God in this world of
tragedy and pain?"
by The Rev. Dr. Brooks Ramsey
the response in its entirety.