Redeeming Hurricane Irene

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2011 at 6:15 am

Emergencies management officials remove trees from a road after Hurricane Irene hit the municipality of Loiza, August 22, 2011 (Credit: Reuters/Ana Martinez)The worst hurricane to strike the East Coast in a century has claimed more than 20 lives across eight states.  As of this morning, the U.S. government estimates that the cost from wind damage alone will exceed $1 billion.  Downed power lines have left more than four million people without electricity.

Such innocent suffering is the toughest theological issue Christians face.  Our King is all-knowing–he saw the storm before it began to form in the Atlantic.  He is all-powerful–the One who “rebuked the wind and waves, and it was completely calm” (Matthew 8:26) could have stilled Irene.  He is all-loving–he grieves every loss caused by this tragedy.  And yet he permitted the devastation he now mourns.

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