In 2007, a financial firestorm ravaged Wall Street and the rest of the country. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy obliterated a substantial chunk of the Atlantic seaboard. We think of the first as a man-made calamity, the second as the malignant innocence of nature.
Have you ever turned on the light in a dark basement and shuddered as cockroaches scurried away? I get that same sense of revulsion whenever I hear about unscrupulous swindlers taking advantage of the victims of natural and manmade disasters.
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Flooded subway stations in New York City. Earthquake damage in the Nation's Capital. The great city of New Orleans under water. These scenes, once seemingly out of science fiction, are all too real today. This is why I am introducing the Homeowners' Defense Act of 2013 in Congress.
When it comes to solving problems, elected officials are inclined to support solutions that allow people to keep behaving as they always have, but with less damage. That's how it has been with America's response to weather-related disasters. It's a response that won't work anymore.
The struggle for me during these times is how to not treat such times as some voyeuristic movie experience that can be paused or halted by powering down my device, but instead find a healthy way to participate in the healing and support.
If the Son of God can Lament, why not us, who are wondering where God is in the midst of all of this. Lament is an act of deep faith. Even as we question, rant or cry, it is God the Father who we are addressing.