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PROVIDENCE

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In Star Trek, The City on the Edge of Forever, Captain Kirk and Commander Spock are traveling through time and end up in 1930 America. There Kirk saves a beautiful young lady from sure death when he pushes her out of the path of an oncoming car. Soon, however, the two do-gooders learn that may not have been such a good move. The young lady organizes a powerful pacifist movement that delays the country's entrance into the war, giving Hitler time to develop the Atomic bomb first. He achieves world domination. When they discover the outcome of their kind act, Kirk and Spock know that they have to go back and undo their “good deed.”

--Star Trek, "The City on the Edge of Forever" 1967; see World, July 17, 2010 p. 79. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

When we wonder why bad things happen to good people, and they die long before their time, we can trust in the providence of God. There is a reason, though we may never understand it.

Isaiah 57:1-2 (NKJV) “The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil. (2) He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness.”

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