The latest on Dorian and the West Texas shooting: By thy scars we know thy grace
<music> this is the daily article podcast published by the denison forum or culture changing christians to receive the daily article directly to your korea mail inbox week day morning visit the daily article dot com now. Here's today's news discerned differently as i write this morning. Hurricane doreen is now the second strongest hurricane ever recorded the massive category. Five storm is nearing the eastern coast of the united states after leaving catastrophic damage with winds of one hundred seventy five miles per hour as it makes its way across the bahamas. According to the national hurricane center the the storm will move dangerously close to the florida east coast tonight through wednesday evening but will it make landfall in the u._s. Computer models now predict the storm will skirt along florida's florida's coast tuesday then move alongside georgia late tuesday and into wednesday but no one can be sure of its path a low pressure system forming to its north could lead the storm in its direction a sagging jetstream and a weakening high pressure system to the northeast could steer the hurricane as well doreen could head out over the atlantic where the oceans ocean's cold waters would cause the storm to eventually dissipate it could turn to the west and strike our east coast with historic severity or it could do something in between lashing us with winds and rain but never making true landfall in the u._s. Hurricane faith followed a somewhat similar path in nineteen sixty six churning westward toward the u._s. In striking bermuda but then turning northward and eventually weakening north of scotland in two thousand twelve hurricane sandy forced closures from florida through the carolinas airliners and states of emergency all along the eastern coast before finally making landfall in new jersey as many as one hundred eighteen million people live on the east coast is to the united states any of them or a few of them could plausibly be affected by the storm the other major headline of the today's the shooting tragedy in west texas as of this morning seven are known to have died and another twenty two were injured. Police have identified the shooter though as is is our policy. I will not name him to avoid giving him greater notoriety as bad as it was. It could have been worse. Authorities say that if police had not interrupted the gunman gunman outside in odessa movie theater there might have been another event of mass violence. I was privileged to live and pastor midland texas from nineteen eighty eight to nineteen ninety-four four janet and i still have many close friends in the permian basin and are grieving with them as they deal with the shock of the strategy. When a hurricane threatens millions of people we could be frustrated that meteorologist cannot predict its path however they're doing the best they can with the best science we we have when a man kills seven innocent civilians we could be frustrated that police officers could not prevent the atrocity however they did the best they could. In horrific ethics situation risking their lives to save many others when such tragedies strike we could be frustrated that our mission omnipotent god does not prevent them and and choose to reject his help when we need it most or we could reframe the fact of suffering by including god in it. Peter wieners served in the administrations of president reagan george h w bush and george w bush and is currently senior fellow at the ethics and public policy center a conservative think tank in washington d._c. Last april he wrote a good friday column for the new york times in which he made this statement from the perspective of christianity hannity one can question why god allows suffering but one cannot say god doesn't understand it. He is not remote in different untouched or unscarred weiner quotes episcopal priest fleming rutledge who notes that before good friday no one in the history of human imagination had conceived of such a thing as the worship ship of crucified man even today the world's religions picture god if they picture a personal god at all as separate from our world and distant from our pain zeus atop mount olympus rather than a carpenter writhing on across in his suffering jesus entered our suffering hebrews four fifteen says it this way we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are yet without sin then here's the result we can embrace in verse sixteen. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace nice to help in time of need. We most need meteorologist when hurricanes threaten us. We most need police officers. When shooters offers are on the loose we most need god when our broken world breaks again weiner's perceptive meditation include some lines from jesus of the scars a poem by english minister edward alito written in response to the suffering of soldiers returning from world war one he testifies lord jesus by by thy scars. We know thy grace. Here's how shall lido ends his poem. The other gods were strong but thou west week they rode but thou outfits stumbled to a throne but to our wounds only god's wounds can speak and not a god has wounds but thou alone. Will you trusted with yours. Did you know that the daily article podcast is available on most major podcast platforms. It's also on alexa flash briefing perfect for your morning routine. Consider subscribing to the daily article podcast on your preferred podcasting platform informed and thank you for listening today.