I just unsubscribed from a crafting newsletter that I have been receiving for a couple of years. All along, I have been willing to overlook the "uber-Christian" leanings because they offered some neat things like free fonts and cute scrapbooking ideas. But today they had a feature called "Customer Spotlight" that just irked the heck out of me:
Customer Spotlight Name:  From: Houston, TX
About: My name is  and I am from Houston, TX. As you see in my photo, my family came together and "rode out" the Hurricane Rita storm. Though we did not receive near the damage that Beaumont and surrounding communities did, we were hit hard with wind and rain. Logistics of outbound traffic, loss of power, closed food stores and gas stations, and loss of life occurred. We were indeed thankful that we "survived". My son and his wife, 3 grandchildren, daughter in law's parents, and daughter in law's grandparents stayed with us. We shared the experience of a lifetime. I kept a journal of those 3 days, and am writing my grandchildren each a letter, expressing my feelings about being with them during the storm. I am including funny little things that each one of them did. Of course, I am including the photo of all of us, but I am also including clips from my HugWare collection that seem to portray each child. Thank you to any of you who prayed for the Gulf Coast communities. We are grateful for God's protection.
Maybe I just don't "get it". Why, out of the millions of people affected by the recent hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, did "God" choose to "protect" her and her family? Why did "God" choose to not "protect" other families who prayed just as much for "God's protection" through these catastrophes? Was "God" only listening to this person's prayers? Were all the prayers that were uttered in regard to those hurricanes ONLY for her protection? Didn't "God" care about Beaumont as much as he did this little "Christian" family?
Am I the only person who finds it offensive when a tragedy strikes of this magnitude, and the survivors thank "God" for his "protection", as though they were somehow more deserving of it than people whose lives were destroyed?