How Can God Let Tragedies Like the Okla. Tornado Exist? Pastors Weigh In

June Simson (R) receives a hug from her neighbor Jo McGee while embracing her cat Sammi after she found him standing on the rubble of her destroyed home on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

When disaster strikes, sometimes you can’t help but wonder how God can allow such pain and suffering.  In tornado-ravaged Oklahoma, many are likely asking that very question.

On Tuesday, TheBlaze TV spoke with one pastor whose congregation is in the heart of the devastation, and another from Joplin, Missouri who is working to gather support and supplies for Oklahoma just two years after a tornado nearly wiped out his own city.

Kevin Clarkson, the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma, said it’s important to remember that “this isn’t the final story” and that “God’s not done.”

Clarkson said he’ll tell those who are struggling that “God loves them and God understands.  He’s not punishing them…God is with them in their suffering, [and] we’re with them.”

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Cliff Mansley, the pastor of New Creation Church in Joplin, added: “Hang in there, God is going to do great things.”

When asked how he and his community can possibly help so soon after they were in such desperate need, he had to bite back emotion.

“How can you not help people? Mansley said.  “The way that people have poured out their hearts and their lives for us, when we see other people in need, we just can’t help but to move into action.”

Watch his entire interview on TheBlaze TV:

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Private individuals and businesses all over the country are already springing into action.  Glenn Beck and his charity Mercury One have been on the scene since Monday night, where they have already distributed trucks full of food, water, clothing, and whatever else is needed.

The Home Depot is another business that has opened its doors to emergency responders, providing shelter, donating tools and doing whatever else is needed in the relief effort.  The store is also housing countless hurt and lost pets, many of which had to be overlooked in the search and rescue effort.

“We’re just trying to do the right thing in the community, and we’ve been open 24 hours now,” the store’s district manager for Oklahoma City told Glenn Beck.

Watch their entire interview, below:

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If you would like to donate to Mercury One’s tornado relief effort in Oklahoma, click here.