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Explaining the Unexplainable

On Saturday, two men brutally murdered American Kristine Luken during a hike in the woods outside Jerusalem. Her hiking companion, Faye Wilson suffered as many as 12 stab wounds but miraculously survived and is currently recuperating in an Israeli hospital from both physical and physiological wounds.

The family of Kristine Luken issued the following statement:

"Our Kristine, like her twin sister, was one of those rare individuals gifted with a 'happy gene,' forever a winning smile and a readiness to engage in open and frank conversation. We found her to be guiless, very much a 'what-you-see-is-what-you-get' kind of person. Yet, this naïveté belied her inner determination to ultimately live permanently in Israel. She visited Israel at every opportunity. She loved your countryside and was an avid hiker; Kristine cherished her reflective time away from urban areas. While her senseless and violent death has left a big hole in our family, we can only hope she has left you with an equal amount of compassion and caring for each other."

Lukens's death and Wilson's injuries stunned those who knew and loved them. Compounding the tragedy, Lukens, a committed Christian was simply on a three-day visit to Israel from England.

It begs the question why? We asked David Pileggi, the rector of Christ Church in Jerusalem who knew both women, to help answer this dilemma of explaining the unexplainable. Here's his reflective answer.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Explaining the Unexplainable

I appreciate the rector's perspective and basis of prayer, something we all need to be reminded of, expecially in the face of such senseless and terrible brutality. It comes down to this: Do we really trust the goodness of God and His sovereignty? Will we continue to be patient and longsuffering and merciful, just as He is? It is a challenge we all face at times in our own lives.
Left by Jacqueline on Dec 21, 2010 12:08 PM

# RE: Explaining the Unexplainable

We should also be asking the question as to why Israel is allowed to get away with all the crimes they are committing against the Palestinians?
Left by zoidberg on Dec 23, 2010 3:23 PM

# RE: Explaining the Unexplainable

My prayers go out to the Luken family. May God comfort you and give you his peace during this time of mourning.
Left by cynthia bell on Dec 27, 2010 7:26 PM