This week we look at the age old question “Why do bad things happen?”  On February 28th, our home town of Ottawa, Illinois and a tiny adjacent village of Naplate were struck by an estimated three tornadoes.  Hundreds of people lost either homes or property and it claimed 2 lives.  Footage of the horrifying results of those storms is heartbreaking.  And amid the tears and sorrow I would image the most often asked question of those so deeply affected is “Why?”  But if there is an answer to that question, would it make it any easier to bear?  On the bright side (if there is a bright side), one thing you almost always see happen when such widespread devastation occurs as it did in Ottawa and Naplate, is that it brings people closer together.  Suddenly the differences among everyone seem pretty insignificant and a common, heartfelt compassion, concern and love emerges that spreads throughout the community.  If there’s one who can’t go on, then there is a neighbor or friend who bears them up to face another day.  The heart of a community begins to beat stronger and harder to supply those in need with the knowledge they are not alone is this.  And, though, the question of why may never be settled, we ask that you please keep these two towns in your prayers as the coming days will be difficult.  Pray for strength, comfort and God’s peace to fill them and for favor and provision in meeting all their physical and material needs. 

7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)

2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NLT)