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JohnA: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Deena and I were discussing this last night, why good people should have to suffer such pain. She endured an eerily similar circumstance eight years ago, when she lost her teenage son, Miles, and then shortly thereafter her husband, Peter. Like the Johnsons, she and Peter were on vacation when he passed away suddenly. And, as will Mrs. Johnson, she had to come back alone to the dream home they had built together. Mothers aren't supposed to bury their children at any age, and wives have an expectation that they'll live into old age with their husbands. For Deena, her faith in a higher power helped her through, as I imagine Mrs. Johnson's will. The good Lord only gives us as much as we can bear, although, for Mrs. Johnson, it must seem like an awful burden to endure right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her daughters as they deal with this tragedy.

John Austin

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.




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