BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

© John Denney 10 September 2004


Dear God

I am writing to complain about the behaviour of some of the people You created.Last week, some of them massacred hundreds of innocent schoolchildren and parents and teachers in Beslan.Yesterday another lot set off a bomb in Jakarta and killed and injured lots more.Iím so angry with the wicked people, and full of pity for the victims, and Iím frustrated that You allow these things to happen.Why donít You step in and zap these murderers?

With love,



Dear John

Believe me; Iím even angrier with the wrongdoers than you are.When I made your great-great-great- well, lots of greats Ė grandparents, Adam and Eve, I gave them free will.As their descendants, people today can choose whether to do good, or do evil.I suppose I could step in whenever there was something unfair going on.The trouble is, where do you draw the line?Should I step in when that driver overtook you dangerously and made your heart race?Should I step in when a Prime Minister shuffles his ministerial team and overlooks other worthy members of parliament in the process?Should I take sides and make sure England qualifies for the World Cup at the expense of, say, Wales?Sorry, but I had to choose between making you a race of robots or giving you free will.And free will is the only way to give you a fulfilling life.So leave the wicked to me.

And believe me, too, that I feel more pity for the innocent victims than you can begin to imagine.Do you remember what my son Jesus said?What's the price of a pet canary? Some loose change, right?And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail--even numbering the hairs on your head! So don't be intimidated by all this bully talk. You're worth more than a million canaries.[1]I know exactly how many hairs are on each blameless suffererís head.I promise that Iím taking good care of them.

So donít worry about these things.Trust me.Iím in control.You canít see it yet, but the forces of evil have been defeated and theyíre being driven back.It helps if you keep on trying to be good yourself.The most important thing is to bring a little love into your world.Keep the faith.

With more love than you can conceive of,



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[1] Matthew 10:29-30 (MSG)