Day 5: Love Is Especially Close in Suffering

I have about a million questions for God. Why cancer? Why tsunamis? Why poverty? Why politicians? Why no-see-ums? Why…

If God is all loving and God is all good, how can there be evil? 

I don’t get it. 

One thing I know: God is working in all things. You are not on our own in the suffering. It is a great mystery. But you are not alone. The cross is the final word on that. 

Whatever you do, don’t interpret suffering as God’s rejection. Find God in it. God is with you in pain more than anywhere in all creation.

This doesn’t make suffering easy. But it doesn’t have to be lonely. 


  1. Merton on December 7, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Maury, I never ask God, “Why?” The question is where do we go from here? What is next? This has been my approach for many years and becomes more real as Joan continues to decline from Altzheimer’s. In my freshman physics course, I learned to not ask why but how.

    • Maury Robertson on December 7, 2018 at 10:23 am

      So sorry to hear of Joan’s decline, Merton. I can still see her face and remember it with fondness. I love your insight, especially because it’s not just a theory. It’s an example. Thanks.

  2. Dave Prall on December 7, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Could it be that God created a physical universe that evolves so that we would have free will so that we could choose to love. That takes a freely evolving universe which results in some creatures we find annoying like no-see-um’s and other parasites. It also resulted in wild flowers and sunsets.

    • Maury Robertson on December 7, 2018 at 10:19 am

      A great thought, Dave. I personally think that freedom is part of (or maybe all of) the reason for what we call “evil.” But I’m actually not as confident about what I label “evil” and “good” anymore. Love is clear. They mysteries of the universe, including good and evil are fascinating but obscure. I wish I had something more intelligent to say. 🙂

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