Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Japanese people this week, and the rescuers and others who have been sent to help. I'd like to hear about how you are explaining events to your children and what websites might be helpful if you'd like to pass those on in the comments section.
I have no idea what to tell my children other than some basic information about earthquakes, tsunamis, the Richter scale and the like. And theologically, all I can say is that I reason if there were ANY WAY God could stop this that He would. Jesus cried over Jerusalem, over the suffering He knew had to take place. I would imagine He is crying now over the devastation of the people He loves in Japan.
I believe the entire world, the very earth itself, was harmed somehow when sin came into the earth. I do not understand it. I am just sad that it is that way.