I asked God how He could allow suffering.
And He said, "I don't. You do."
Paul directed me to this blog entry today and it coincided with some reading that I got to do today - all about bringing our presence into another's pain - loneliness, poverty, disease, hopelessness, whatever.
As a follower of Christ, when we bring our presence, we bring the presence of someone much more significant than ourselves. We enter into the face of suffering with the God of all hope, all comfort, and all compassion. We make our invisible God visible.
Henry Nouwen said that, "Compassion, to be with others when and where they suffer and to willingly enter into a fellowship of the weak, is God's way to justice and peace among people."
We need to not allow suffering anymore, when it is well within our power to do something.