After providing links to my articles on God & Natural Disasters in the previous post, I found myself in the lower belly of my home with my wife and kids listening to one of those outdated relics from a bygone era—a “boom box.”  We were tracking the weather reports.  “Tornadic,” said the meteorologist.

“Tornadic.”

Do you hear the violence tucked into the syllabic sounds as you enunciate the word?

Definition: “relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a tornado.”

So with three online articles about God and natural disasters circling about in cyberspace, these God-awful storms circled and twirled and tilled and killed in the Southeast.  The lady sitting near my table at a coffee shop just said she lost a friend to the storms.

The God I worship once spoke to a man from out of a tornado.  When God answered Job’s demands for an answer, God did not speak in the sweet, gentle whisper of a comforting breeze.  He spoke out of the churning, feral madness of a whirlwind (Job 38:1).

I am not saying God was in the whirlwinds last night.  But as a guy with articles offering a theological response to natural disasters on the Internet and tornadic winds rip-roaring just to the north and south of my home, I felt kind of responsible… responsible to give an account of sorts.  Responsible to say something wise and theologically helpful in response to the whirlwinds.

I think I’ll just do what Job did and lay my hand on my mouth… now.

(…while muttering though closing lips a prayer for the injured and the bereaved…)

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