"I know you're angry with Me
right now. That's all right. People have been angry with Me before and
will be again. Being angry is part of being human. My Son got angry, too.
It's all right to be angry sometimes at injustice, for example, or the
lack of charity."
"You probably think I am unjust and
uncharitable when an airplane goes down like that. All those people lost.
The children gone. It doesn't seem right; it can't be loving. You ask,
'Where was God?' Why did He allow that to happen?"
"I allow it to happen because I
allow you freedom. I could have left you on a string and made you dance
all day without getting tired. I could have moved your mouth for you and
made you sing all night without growing hoarse. I could have pulled a wire
that would have let you soar skyward and never fall."
"I could have, but I didn't because I love you
so much. I want you to be free to decide when to dance and sing. Free to
determine when you will come to Me in faith and hope. Because you are
free, some of you choose not to dance or sing. Some of you select hatred
over love, revenge over forgiveness, bombs over a helping hand. As you
choose, I watch. I do not disappear. I listen to both the songs and the
bombs. AND I REMEMBER."
"Where was God?" you wonder...I
was there. I whispered in the ear of a little girl, 'Don't be afraid, I am
with you.' I held the hand of a business woman as tightly as she clutched
mine. I cradled a pilot against my shoulder as if he were a baby
"Amid the paralyzing fear, I was
there, as I was there with my Son in the garden. Amid the unbearable pain,
I was there, as I was with Him as He was whipped. Amid the terrible
realization that life was ending too soon, I was there, with Him as He
hung on the cross and asked, like you, "My God, why have you forsaken
"I had not forsaken Him. I did not forsake
them. I was there as they fell, and as they rose to eternal joy. I
listened to their anger, answered their questions and showed them why they
had been created. Not to end that way, but to live with Me
"In an instant, they came into
existence. As you did. In an instant, they left this world. As you will.
But beyond that last instant, I kept my promise...A little girl dances, a
business woman sings, and a pilot keeps his wings
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