I may never be able to understand the "purpose" behind God "allowing" this tragedy. But of one thing I remain absolutely convinced: In the loving, compassionate, nonjudgmental and open-handed support of thousands of people, I see quietly revealed the hands and heart and spirit of the Being some of us call "God."
Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.