©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson (poem only)
Mother, may I ask why God allows such awful things?
Surely His hand could stay the devastation terror brings.
He made the mighty waters and the vast, eternal skies;
no living creature falls to earth unseen before His eyes.
His hand has power to heal and bless and save, then why the pain?
How could a Lord who loves His children let this evil reign?
If God can save us all, why did 3,000 die in vain?
All men are free to choose, and choose they must for good or ill,
yet consequence leaves ripples that extend beyond our will.
God’s power to save is limitless, in heaven and on earth;
through Him, each living thing fulfills the measure of its birth.
The victory Christ won for us transcends this world of tears
and raises us beyond the reach of present foes and fears.
Trust Him, my child; all things will be restored when Christ appears.