The scene of devastation in Pago Pago (AP Photo/Ausage Fausia)from w
The shock of such a sudden tsunami has devastated the people of the two Samoas and the news emerged that many people have died and hundreds are injured. Though we know there are always dangers of floods, cyclones, earthquakes, a huge event like this is still unexpected. We send our condolences and love to the people of Western Samoa and American Samoa at this time. Local people, tourists as well, became victims. Now the walking wounded are in a state of shock. Fortunately people come to help at times like this. Even a group of medical students from Australia, in Samoa on a study tour, quickly went to a hospital and offered to help.
Why do ordinary people suffer like this? I think the answer is that we live in a fragile world, weather-wise, and with the earth's crust unstable. One blog writer suggested that God sends a punishment, but I do not see it that way. Our world is vulnerable and bad things do happen. I believe that God though allows humans to learn from every experience and to develop compassion and grace in times like this.