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  1. Paige says:

    Totally shatters my heart… and motivates my fervent prayers for His Creation, His creatures… Lord have mercy…

  2. Jerod says:

    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  3. pstrmike says:

    A friend who lives in the Paradise area and pastors a church lost everything. Another friend who lives there, and pastors another church, went home to find his house being the only one standing – and his church the only structure standing in an area that was so devastated. One man blesses the Lord for being spared, and mourns for his community, the other man also mourns for his community and blesses the Lord for being all he has left.

    So much happens without explanation. Our experiences run contrary to our systematic theology. I think the problem is with our systematic theologies- when pushed by the extremes of life, are weighed in the balances and for me, found wanting.

  4. Linnea says:

    There are so many that suffer…not to diminish what’s happened in CA. What other suffering is going on as well? Prayers are with this in CA…

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    I don’t even know what to say. 🙁

  6. Em says:

    pstmike … amen. ?
    Could it be that the thing we try to avoid is not the question of why such suffering, but the fact of where we are now? That it is by God’s mercies that we are not consumed? When i see the conflagration just passed or those poor babies in the commercials asking for charity donations i see just how evil the ruler(s) of this world are…. God’s timing is something that i have to trust and it isn’t easy, is it? At least it isn’t for me…. my inclination is to tug on God’s robe like a person drowning, “hurry uo, Lord.” May God forgive me for that … ?

  7. Michael says:

    pstrmike has spoken well.
    Theodicy mangles every systematic theology and leaves it gasping on the ground.
    In our efforts to make it work, we either must diminish God or the suffering we see around us.
    I don’t try anymore…by faith I refuse to diminish the goodness of God and by sight I refuse to diminish the terrors of this world.

  8. Captain Kevin says:

    “…by faith I refuse to diminish the goodness of God and by sight I refuse to diminish the terrors of this world.”

    Damn, that’s good.

  9. Owen says:

    That’s really, really good, even…..

    Maybe this is oversimplification – but I can’t help feeling that there’s a whole lot we just aren’t meant to understand. (Yet).

    Just to somehow remember that the goodness of God is, in fact, greater than the terrors of this world.

    Some days I find it hard to even believe that, when face to face with those terrors.

  10. Linnea says:

    Can anyone recommend a relief organization doing good work with CA fire evacuees?

  11. Michael says:

    A makeshift shelter at Chico’s East Ave Church has been housing about 200 evacuees and providing medical care. Many of the evacuees at East Ave Church, located at 1184 East Ave., are elderly or require medical attention, and the church is accepting donations to help offset costs for prescription medicines and other health care needs through its website.

    Here are ways to help through monetary donations:

    The Salvation Army is taking donations to support disaster relief and provide meals to first responders and evacuees. Donors can give online at the Salvation Army’s Del Oro division website, or mail donations to The Salvation Army, PO Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 95834.

    GoFundMe has also set up a page listing the crowdfunding campaigns for the Camp Fire.

    The North Valley Community Foundation has two funds: The Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund and the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund. Donors can make an open gift to the school fund, or designate a specific use, like textbooks or school supplies. Donations are accepted through the foundations’ website.

    Monetary donations may also be made to the American Red Cross. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    The United Way of Northern California is taking donations for its NorCal Fire Relief Fund through its website and by text: send the message BUTTEFIRE to 91999.

    For animal relief, the Butte Humane Society at 2580 Fair St. in Chico is accepting pet supplies, such as wet and dry dog and cat food, litter boxes, kennels and carriers, leashes and toys. For those who don’t live nearby, the Humane Society also set up an Amazon wish list to donate pet supplies online.

    Source: Chronicle research

  12. The New Victor says:

    Thanks Michael. My company at up links for the Napa fires and the hurricanes, but I haven’t seen anything for this yet. Good info about the specific SA site. They mentioned the two CCs lost in the fire today. And one (or both?) Of those pastors’ homes. Rain coming Wednesday should help a lot, and also with the air quality. I’ve been looking at smoke maps and Fresno has had it worse than Sacramento (and evirons) and the East and North Bay.

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