I tossed and turned Monday night after the Boston marathon bombing trying to make sense of such tragedy; waking with a dull headache. I was married in Boston and lived on Boylston Street steps from where the bombings occurred. It felt very personal to me. Wednesday night I watched incredible video of the plant explosion in West, TX like it was part of an action adventure movie praying that everyone had evacuated and would emerge unscathed. I woke Thursday morning feeling drained from the events of the week.
I know that Biblical scholars believe that evil exists because man was given free will to choose between good and evil when God turned Adam and Eve out from the Garden of Eden. I believe that evil acts and natural disasters provide opportunities for goodness to emerge and spread the love and joy of God. My minister chose to use a hymn,