Brother Ron Barnes
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Does Tragedy Bring You Closer to God?

 

Dear Brother Ron

 

Does tragedy bring you closer to God or push you away from Him? Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped and was repeatedly sexually abused by a horrible man. She went on to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). She will start working for ABC news as early as next week. Others who have experienced such horrific things turn angry against God and question His existence and ask how He can allow such things to happen.


Can we choose how we respond to tragedy? Can we choose to take the negative experience and turn to God for support, or choose to turn against God in anger?

 

Needles

 
Dear Needles

 

As a wise person once said, you can not control what others do or say. You can control how you react to it. If you experience a tragedy, you can take it as a personal insult from God. I guess this results from viewing God as a celestial Santa Claus. if we are good boys and girls, the Santa in the sky will bring us goodies. If bad things happen, our first reaction may be, "What did I do to deserve this?".

It doesn't always work that way. Sometimes really bad things happen to good people. You cited one example of this. Obviously, Ms. Smart believes in the old adage that that which does not kill us only makes us stronger. She has emerged from her ordeal with the strength to use her experience in the service of our Father. For that, she should be praised and respected.

So in answer to your question, yes, the choice is yours. May you choose wisely.

Best always
Brother Ron