Responding to Disaster in Japan
Since ancient times, natural disasters have sparked that
question. For people of faith, the
question becomes “Why, God?” They are
asking it again in the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami
and continuing nuclear threat in Japan.
Many United Methodists encourage accepting the unknowable
and seek to make the question, “Where is God in all of this?” They will then
point to the psalmist’s litany that God’s steadfast love endures forever, God’s
promise that “I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16,
NRSV) and Paul’s assurance that nothing “in all creation will be able to
separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39, NRSV)
Below are links to United Methodist News Service
commentaries written after the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and the 2010 Haiti
earthquake. Additional links to commentaries about Japan will be posted in the
coming days. Add these to your websites
as you wish.
Commentary: Tsunami raises ‘where,’ not ‘why,’ question about God
provide chance to respond in faith
is present amid suffering in Haiti
am with you.’
Also available is “God,
why?,” a CD and discussion guide for a two-session study, produced by
United Methodist Communications after the 2004 Indonesia tsunami.
Other helpful links:
Japan earthquake and response, United Methodist News Service.
coverage of the Japan disaster, United Methodist
UMCOR responds to Japan emergency,
UMCOR/General Board of Global Ministries.
On-line giving link, UMCOR/General
Board of Global Ministries.
Worship resources, General Board of
Resource list for helping children cope with disaster, General Board of Discipleship.