March 14, 2011: God is Good

~ by Mary Galvano

When natural disasters happen, such as the tsunami that hit Japan this past week, most of us try to understand why God would allow something like this. We ask questions like, “What did they do to deserve such a catastrophe?” They must not be right with God, as I have heard somebody say. Even after Haiti’s earthquake last year, a preacher on T.V. said they were asking for it. Wait a minute! What is going on here? Not one of us is perfect. The only perfect man is Jesus, yet He was crucified.

The laws of nature, created and allowed by our Creator, treat everyone alike. In Rabbi Harold Kushner’s book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, in referring to natural disasters, he writes, “I don’t believe that an earthquake that kills thousands of innocent victims without reason is an “act of God.” It is an act of nature. The act of God is the courage of people to rebuild their lives after the earthquake, and the rush of others to help them in whatever way they can.” It is what we do with what is handed to us that is most important.

In light of the belief that certain groups of people are singled out for disaster, I believe God doesn’t want to hurt any of us. We are His own. Are we given trials? Absolutely! Since the beginning of time we were created in His image; and all that He created is good. He only wants the best for us. The world that was first created was perfect, with no disasters, until that historical moment when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. Still, God looked after us. He gave us the most wonderful thing we could ever imagine, Jesus Christ. “O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!” taken from the Easter Proclamation. God always gives us hope.

Life is not fair but God is good, as my mother used to say to me when life got me down. We are all equal in God’s eyes and we all need to turn to Him. During these times let us lift up our brothers and sisters in prayer, especially in Japan and all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The world is not perfect, but God is. He will not abandon us. All His creations are precious to Him.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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