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Dan Paden

John Piper preached on this kind of thing once. Had much the same take on it. He said that the question is never "Why did this thing happen to those people?," but instead, "Why didn't this happen to me?"


You spoke God's word here today.

be blessed :)


A great post, and one that mirrors my own thoughts. I had even contemplated a similar essay on my own blog, but the last time I got even the slightest bit political the blog went in a direction I didn't like.

My folks live in East Texas, in a town right in the projected land-path of the storm. Many of my dad's former colleagues at the DPS (he was a state trooper for nearly 30 years) are heading into the storm to do their best. May God be with them. And all of us.


As a Texan ex-patriot...thanks for posing the question and presenting a right on conclusion. I just spoke with my Dad who lives north of ground zero. He is trying to evacuate but can't, the freeways are gridlocked with cars running out of gas.

In a sardonic tone I say, after the storm hits and the debree has least Bush is from Texas. Never thought I'd see an up-side.


I just LOVE the way you write!

It's funny but just last night I was thinking about Katrina and how so many people were quick to say that God used it to "kill off all the wrong people" (funny, that's what they used to say about AIDS...) and then it dawned on me that perhaps what He was doing was dispersing the wonderful, God-fearing people of New Orleans to go further OUT in the world to influence and change all of us who they then come in contact with.

Perhaps...yes perhaps...we shouldn't have been focusing in on the ones that were destroyed by what happened there (although we should never deny the loss and tragedy of their senseless deaths) but, instead, focus on how we were all profoundly changed by the ones who did get out - the ones we never would have met - had it not been for Katrina.

Damien Scott

Amen, amen!
One would think that Christians would get the point that the death of the Most Innocent One on the cross pretty much puts the lie to thinking God imposes punishment on the guilty and rewards the holy in this life. Generations of the faithful died horrible deaths professing their belief -- and that goes on into our own day.

Where was the evidence of God at work in Katrina? In the thousands of people who opened their homes to the refugrees. In the millions of people who immediately logged on and contributed to the relief effort. In the hundreds of volunteers who showed up to help. That is the God I know. Not the bumbling god who throws Category Five storms willy-nilly about the Gulf, hoping he will get someone -- anyone -- who deserved to die.

I read this morning that searchers in New Orleans are starting to find the bodies of more children. My God takes them into loving arms, but doesn't torment them with horror in order to get them to climb onto that expansive lap.

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