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Asking Why

Just add this one to the topics I must have missed in seminary: “horrible human disasters and how to deal with them.”

Recent events at Virginia Tech have certainly affected the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Calvary congregation.

Specifically, three families in our church have members who are currently students, one who lived directly above the women who were shot in the dorm.

Why, why, why?

I am the pastor and … I DON’T KNOW WHY.

And I even went to seminary.

I feel just as horrible, just as scared, just as outraged …. as everyone else.

One thing I know for sure: we clergy are stymied just like everyone else, wondering what to say and what to do, wondering how on earth a horrific event like this could have taken place when we believe … we believe in a God of goodness and grace?


I am asking the same question as I think about my kids at school every day and wonder about the state of this country, where anyone anywhere can pick up a gun and kill, kill, kill … it just seems so wrong.

Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy
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Amy Butler is senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. This column appeared originally on her blog.