I do not believe God sends storms and other disasters to punish or teach lessons. While one can make a case from Scripture that God does that, science has revealed insights about nature that were unknown in biblical times. I reject the premise that God causes catastrophes.
I believe God is present during a disaster through the people who rush in to rescue. There are the first responders who work for agencies and organizations charged with such missions. But there are also strangers who see a need and dash in to help in whatever ways they can.
This message is an excerpt of a Women of the ELCA blog by Kathryn Haueisen.
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