In the last week, a staggering number of people I know have been touched by loss. By death, by life threatening illness, by injury, by illegal activities, by trauma, by accident. It doesn’t seem to come from one direction.

It’s coming from all over.

What do we do? How do we respond?

I don’t have a clue. I have no experience with this amount of grief and trauma and sadness coming at once.

Oh wait, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, that might have been more.

200,000 killed. 50,000 still living in tents 7 years later?

It’s not okay.

The things that have happened this past week to people who people I know know (get that?).

These things are not okay.

How do we balance that things are not okay with the fact that we live in a world that belongs to God?

How do we balance the things that happen to children with the fact that Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me?”

How do we balance the things that adults do which cause substantial problems in children’s lives years later?

Can we be okay with this?

No, it is not okay to be okay with this. It’s not okay to accept these type of things as “normal.” There are places in this world where those things are normal, but that is not okay.

It’s okay to not be okay.

And it’s okay to be angry that these things happen in a fallen world.

And it’s okay to not be okay with the fact that Jesus hasn’t made all things new yet.

We wish he would. There are teenagers and babies and 4 year olds who wish that He would have made all things new prior to this last week.

But He didn’t.

And while we aren’t okay with what has happened, we know He is still in charge.

Lord, come quickly, end the suffering and pain in this world. Amen