How Do YOU Respond to Tragedy?


ALL tragedy is a result of the fallen world!  (THINK THAT THROUGH…..)

Have you noticed that when people are experiencing good times, they party – celebrate – take credit for their good fortunes, great jobs, new stuff?  But when things go bad, they curse and blame and punish everyone around them and shake their fists at God?

I can’t tell you how many times people have cried and wailed to me, “Why did God allow this to happen?”  And sadly… they often say as well, “God is out to get me!”

So?  How do you respond to tragedy?

Jesus’ response to tragedy in Luke 13:4 can teach us a sobering lesson.

Here’s what He said….

“Those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them — do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no!  But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”    Luke 13:3-5.

Jesus is teaching that if we are not careful, we can think a tragedy is a targeted judgment of sin, when in fact; ALL tragedy is a result of the fallen world.  The earth is groaning as in birth pains awaiting the redemptive work of God,   (Romans 8:18).

Jesus warned those who were judging and commenting about the tragedy of the fallen tower of Siloam, that the eighteen who died were not more sinful than anyone else, they were simply the result of the tragedy of death.

In the face of tragedy, these are comments you truly SHOULD NOT make:

  • This happened because they are cursed.
  • God is teaching them something.
  • All things work together for the good.  (This is taking a scripture completely out of the context and applying all acts as good. Obviously, this is not true.)
  • They lacked faith.
  • Hopefully, this will turn them to God.
  • Well, I am just glad it didn’t happen to us.
  • They deserved it.
  • God did this.  (Be careful of this one. Do not sin with your lips by accusing God of a tragedy.)


  • What can I do to help?
  • Who is responding and how can I help them?
  • How can I pray?
  • I am so deeply saddened and humbled by this tragedy, that I want to invest in helping in every way that I can.

To say that “Prayer changes things,” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things, in my heart, my life, my relationships.”

Fifty-five percent  –  55%  –  of Americans claim that prayer is a part of their daily life.

When tragedies strike our communities, we join hands with our neighbors across the nation in prayer for the victims and their families.  And when Americans come together in prayer — joined in reverent unity and backed by a national heritage that values its potential — powerful things take place.


In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©

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” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow

Mary Lindow imageMary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.

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