God, are You there?
Because what if tragedy isn’t always about judgment and miracles aren’t always about God’s favor? In other words, what if what happens in a life isn’t at all about me, or you, or him, or her? In June, a runaway fire in my hometown destroyed almost 400 houses while leaving many adjacent properties untouched. In July, a gunman walked into a theater in my state and opened fire on a crowd of people. To say (as some have) that those whose homes or lives were spared received a miracle is tantamount to saying that those who suffered were being judged. Such labeling presumes to know God’s intentions and our fellow humans’ stories. This can be damaging, and besides, it misses the point.