When I started writing this entry this morning, I was reflecting on how in today’s Gospel (Mark 9:14-29), Jesus, by casting out the evil spirit from a child, reminded us of the importance of having faith accompanied by prayer and fasting in order to perform and receive miracles. I reflected on the words Jesus told the child’s father “Everything is possible to one who has faith” to which the father replied, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”
This evening after learning that more than 51 people [UPDATE: this # has been revised down to at least 24], many of them children, died in today’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, I now reflect on how harsh today’s Gospel may appear to people who lost a loved one today. I reflect on the questions that may be lingering in their hearts: was their faith not strong enough for God? Didn’t they, like the father in today’s Gospel, deserve miracles in their lives? What went wrong with their prayers?
My heart aches tonight for everyone who lost their lives and their families and all the families whose lives were tragically transformed by today’s tornado. I pray that you don’t abandon your prayers but instead seek God to provide you comfort. That He may grant you mercy to help you heal. Finally, I pray that you continue to believe and that God helps your unbelief.
My condolences and thoughts are with you and your family tonight.
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