Thank you for your thoughtful reply. For our readers I have posted it on the website www.thehubbellpew.com.
I am convinced that when we come across darkness in our lives or in tragedy, we find God and meaning in the light that always comes immediately afterwards. During my sabbatical there was a period of time where I lived all day and all night in a locked closet, and when it was time for “lights out” there was complete darkness in my small confined space. They were not easy nights, but I knew that at some point, morning would come and light would return so I learned to wait for the light.
Difficult times test our hearts and souls, but if we too learn to look for the light, we will always see God and meaning. Tragedies are not God created, but God is present in the response, so are we. Humanity is at its best in response to the tragic. Our response is always thoughtful, compassionate, sensitive, and caring. We bring hope to any time of darkness and in the words of Emily Dickinson, “Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.”
So I suggest my dear friend in times of darkness, be patient and wait for the light. It always comes. Webb