My turn: Never question misery?

Some Facebook friends frequently post such reassurances as, “God is good all the time;” “God works in mysterious ways;” “He has a reason for everything;” “It is not for us to question, only to trust him.”

• Mean Irene’s recent visit to the East Coast was a wrist-slap compared to other acts of God’s goodness.

• The toll of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami is around 20,000 and counting.

• The deadliest earthquake in history hit Egypt and Syria in 1201, killing approximately 1.1 million.

• From 1347-1350, the Black Death bubonic plague in Europe and beyond killed around 25 million.

• A 1769 famine in India took about 10 million lives.

• The 1870 smallpox in France, Germany and America killed 500,000.

• From 1876-1879 a drought in China claimed nine million.

• A 1908 earthquake in Italy killed 123,000.

• The worldwide flu pandemic of 1918-19 took up to 75 million lives.

• The 1957 worldwide Asian Flu killed up to a million, including 70,000 in the U.S.

• A 1970 cyclone in Bangladesh claimed 500,000 lives.

• A 1971 flood in Vietnam drowned 100,000.

• The 2004 tsunami in Asia killed up to 285,000.

• The 2010 earthquake in Haiti claimed over 100,000.

• Malaria still kills between two and five million every year.

• Around nine million children, mostly in Africa, under the age of 5 die every year from complications of malnourishment.

God is good all the time.