Rev. Moon’s message for October 23, 2022

Dear Friends,

Last Wednesday around 2 PM, two adults died following a collision at the intersection of Markham Road and Elson Street. That is less than three minutes from my residence, and I had driven past there less than 10 minutes before the accident.

Whenever I drove through that spot, my heart felt sadness. I could not help thinking and asking, “Why? God? It could have been anyone. It could have been me.” It spoke to the question of ‘why me’ that I have been carrying in my heart.

Each day since, flowers were placed at that intersection. On the following Sunday morning, those flowers struck my soul. I was busy asking why, yet some people put those flowers to remember their family and friends in prayer. Those flowers were the visible prayers of the people… Those flowers reminded me of what I should not forget to do. That is to pray more. Our question should deepen our prayer with God. When a tragedy hits us, we seek an answer, or perhaps we seek the presence of God.

“Praying Hands” by German painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)

I am not sure we will ever find a satisfying answer to our question of why, but perhaps we may find something better than the answers we sought. We may be found by God. May we not allow our questions to stop us from doing what we can do, and stop living our life fully. May we continue to care about those who are suffering? May we remember those we love and those who need others, and pray for one another? May we allow our questions to deepen our love for each other and our faith in Christ Jesus?

— Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message first appeared in the Friday, October 21, 2022, edition of Tidbits.