Seeking the Hand Of God in the Waters (washingtonpost.com)
Fascinating but far too brief article addressing the burning question, Did God do this? And if so, why? It grieves me that so many people's thinking about God seems so childish and rigid. I think a quote from Martin Marty in the article sums up my initial thoughts:
"It's only natural [in such situations] to repose yourself in the will of God," he says. "If you're a believer, then you must believe that God, somehow, is a presence in all of this. But God didn't tell anybody that you go through life without disasters."
It's what you do in and as a result of those disasters that marks your faith. Love, reconciliation, sacrifice, service... that is the hand of God at work in the waters.