Speaking about faith, I was struck by the undercurrent of this in many discussions around the earthquake. In one BBC radio show I heard, many members of the audience questioned if God existed. After all, if He did, then how could He have allowed this tragedy to happen? Interestingly it was the Haitians in the audience that re-affirmed and professed their faith despite the disaster, and despite knowing the fate of their loved ones.
Does faith rise or lessen in proportion to adversity? Does faith rise or lesson in proportion economic well being? As I am writing this, I am trying to remember who it was observed that it always seems as if its the poorest of the poor that have their faith tested to the limit. I am actually not sure if it is always the poorest of the poor - we are all tested I guess, some in more harrowing ways than others. The only thing I can say to those persons that have been directly affected by this is simply, to keep the faith:
- keep the faith in humanity and people;
- keep the faith that all will be well - eventually;
- keep the faith that some day, some how you will be past this point and you will in time deal with the emotional and physical pain that now seem so overwhelming;
- keep the faith in that Being that you believe in.