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April 16, 2013


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John "John A" Warnick


When tragedy strikes I race to find the words spoken by Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr. in a sermon delivered at Riverside Church in New York City ten days after the tragic death of his son. Alexander Coffin drowned when the car he was driving in a fierce storm skidded into Boston Harbor. Please read the next paragraph all the way to the words "...when the waves closed over the sinking car..."

"Nothing so infuriates me as the incapacity of seemingly intelligent people to get it through their heads that God doesn't go around this world with his fingers on triggers, his fists around knives, his hands on steering wheels… The one thing that should never be said when someone dies is "It is the will of God." Never do we know enough to say that. My own consolation lies in knowing that it was not the will of God that Alex die; that when the waves closed over the sinking car, God's heart was the first of all our hearts to break".—Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., delivering a sermon 10 days following the tragic death of his son, Alexander Coffin, whose car skidded into Boston Harbor while he was driving in a fierce storm

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