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But I Know

March 12th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Oh, Christchurch. Oh, Japan.

Brooke Fraser sings in her new song ‘Flags’:

I don’t know why the innocents fall
While the monsters still stand
And our lives blow about
Like flags on the land

And we don’t know either. Why has a five-month-old baby with his life before him been crushed by a falling ceiling? Why are our screens and newspapers filled with pictures of sand and rubble and water?

In January at West we spent some time with Habakkuk, who lived in similarly desperate times, and in June this year we’re going to spend a month with Job, an innocent man who lost everything, and whose friends were worse than useless in helping him make sense of tragedy. So I hope that there will be room for all of our questions this year at West, and we can help each other make sense of being human in this fragile world.

In the meantime, there are things we do know. We know that God in Jesus lived, suffered and died alongside us and understands our tears and confusion. And we know that God in Jesus Christ has opened up hope for us and for Christchurch, that this tragedy is not the last word.

Brooke ends her song of lament with these words:

You who mourn will be comforted
You who hunger will hunger no more
All the last shall be first
Of this I am sure

You who weep now will laugh again
All you lonely be lonely no more
Yes, the last will be first
Of this I’m sure

I don’t know why the innocents fall
While the monsters stand
I don’t know why the little ones thirst
But I know the last shall be first

May it be so for Christchurch, for Japan, and for each of us.

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