Over the past three days, I have seen two things that have underscored how differently people can see the universe.
I was reading an article by Neil Peart, the drummer of the legendary prog rock band Rush (who is a fine writer as well as a groundbreaking drummer). He referred to the too-early death of another drummer who was just reaching his peak and he commented: "And people think there is a benevolent God." I certainly don't begrudge him this opinion; he did suffer the loss of both his wife and young daughter some years ago. How would we feel under similar circumstances?
Right after reading this, however, I exchanged emails with a person I know who is older and who is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. She is having increasing difficulties. When I mentioned that I have been praying for her, she said that she thinks the prayers are working; she went on to relate that her goal is to walk around her dining room table four times per day and that the other day she managed fifteen trips around the table. Imagine. It brought tears to my eyes.
I don't know how to feel about the idea of faith or lack thereof being related to individual breaking points, but the connection is undeniable.