Church of England Diocese of Truro North Petherwin

A layman's point of view for August

7 Aug 2021, 5:15 a.m.

HOW CAN OUR LORD LET THIS HAPPEN?

At the very end of July a little girl was suddenly taken from us by a seizure. Her name is Eloise.  Please join me in praying for this sweet, loving and innocent little girl and her loving family.

But how can our Lord let this happen? This is a question that I, today and countless others elsewhere and over the centuries have asked, and will continue to do so.

Like me, they have most probably not found an answer. It has always been difficult when children are seen to be suffering.

In Matthew 19, verse 14 (from the King James Bible), we read that children were brought by their parents to Jesus to be blessed, but were fended off by his disciples, no doubt being considered unworthy of attention by their leader.  Jesus said "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say to you, whatsoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child in no wise enter in.  The word `suffer` does not mean that these particular children were suffering but Jesus wanted to bless them despite the protestations of His disciples. And He was saying that children will always be accepted by our Lord into the Kingdom of God. None of this answers the question I angrily keep on asking God in my prayers but it does give me the strength to believe that this little girl has come to Jesus and has been taken into his arms.

Yes, please pray for this little girl and her family, and all children who suffer in death or chronic illness. 

Ken.