Noman is stunned by accounts of the 8.9 quake, and nightmarish aftershocks, in Japan. As of this writing, 200 are dead and 700 missing in that country. Earlier reports spoke of 722 injured. Two nuclear power plants have been declared nuclear emergencies, and radiation around one of them is reported to be 1000x normal.
As awful as all that is, the story that exerts a horrible fascination on Noman is the one about the 25-year-old photographer who was swept out to sea and drowned off the Northern California coast while taking pictures of the incoming tsunami. Now, what are the chances of that happening? As they say, when it's your time to go, it's your time to go. And, the grim reaper is going to get you even if takes a tsunami caused by a mega-quake occurring in a foreign country 7,000 miles away to do it. Two other people with him were able to swim back to safety. It wasn't their time.
Noman is comforted by knowledge through faith that there is a reason for everything. He prays that the photographer, and the hundreds dead and dying from nature's exertion of dominion over human endeavor, was ready to meet his maker.
He also prays that Our Lord will protect those devastated by the quake. Please give them faith, food, clothing and shelter to survive.