The Waukesha tragedy – how could God allow this to happen?

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Our nation witnessed a horrific tragedy in the Wisconsin suburb of Waukesha on Sunday. An SUV sped through a small-town Christmas parade, hitting dozens of people and killing at least five. 

I cannot speculate on the motives of the driver. But the pain we feel at seeing such an innocent celebration turn into such a violent scene is almost more than we can bear. We have spent almost two years weathering a pandemic

WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE ATTACK VICTIMS: FORMER TEACHER, GRANDMOTHERS AMONG 5 KILLED

Happy local traditions like the Waukesha Christmas parade mark the return of normalcy, of communal life, and of good old-fashioned fun. And now this. 

Age-old questions take on a new urgency when we’re faced with such a terrible event. Where was God? Why would He allow this to happen? 

After 40 years of counseling people through tragedies, here is what I would want you to remember. 

A makeshift memorial for the victims of the Christmas parade assault at Veterans Park in downtown Waukesha

First, remember that suffering and evil were not part of God’s original design for this world. When we see things like what happened in Waukesha, we all feel

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