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Pantry filler: Taihape Rotarians president Jan Byford said they really enjoy giving money away as this group photo
shows. Back row, Pat Cozens, Jan Fargher, Ruth Rainey, Diane McKinnon, Colin Baird, Frances Hodgson. Front row,
Bill Byford, Brian Devane, president Jan Byford presenting vouchers to Samuel Troon and mother Bronwyn.
Samuel wins appeal raffle
On a recent visit to Taihape Youth
Centre's 'The Hutt', Taihape
Rotarians and guests presented
grocery vouchers to the value of
$300 to Samuel Troon, who was
the winner of the Zoe Cole's Lung
Transplant Appeal raffle, which
was held during the district's the
''It was a great day out and
worth seeing the generous
response by locals and visitors,''
said president Jan Byford.
''Not only were all the tickets
sold but many donations were so
willingly made,'' she said. ''We are
so pleased to have an opportunity
to help one of Taihape's most
needy children and we wish Zoe
and her family our very best
Where is God
in my suffering?
By FR BERNARD O'DONNELL
St Mary's Catholic Church
When tragedy afflicts a person some-
times their response is, ''What did I do
that God is punishing me so?''
It's a normal response and it ties in
with an ancient reaction people have
made in one way or another.
Our religious predecessors might
have said, ''The gods are punishing us.''
Then they would have lit a fire and
made a human sacrifice to get the gods
off their backs.
People who offer pious platitudes
certainly are of no help at all in the
face of overwhelming grief.
''Every cloud has a silver lining.''
''God never gives us more than we can
The Bible presents us with the tragic
figure of Job.
He was prosperous and had a large
He lost just about everything: chil-
dren, servants and possessions.
To make things worse he developed
a loathsome disease and wound up sit-
ting on a dung heap.
Sorrow has weighed down his soul.
Who can say they have it worse than
The wisdom of the day would com-
ment that he must have done some-
thing very bad to warrant such punish-
But he didn't do anything terrible at
all; he is the model of an innocent per-
son who suffers.
His friends show up (''Job's Comfor-
ters'') to console him.
They insist he must have sinned and
invite him to repent.
But Job protests his innocence.
He curses the day he was born and
longs for death.
Even Job's wife, who won't accept his
protestations of innocence, urges him
to ''Curse God and die!''
Which is a logical reply, for without
hope in dire circumstances we might
Job surmises that looking for a
rational reason for suffering gets us
Nor will he take his wife's suggestion
because, despite his loss and grief, he
will not let go of God.
He then turns to God to voice his
God doesn't respond to solve the
suffering he is undergoing, but gives a
majestic speech about human limi-
tation and God's sovereignty ("the
Lord's Speech,'' chapters 38-41 is an
eloquent poem on God's majesty).
Like Job we want answers to life's
important questions, especially why
the innocent suffer. But no answer is
given. After Job's bitter argument and
complaint to God, he surrenders to the
mysterious and majestic God with
whom he has been doing battle.
Their relationship grows deeper and
But the Book of Job does not end
with a definitive answer to the
questions it raises about suffering.
Along with Job we are left with mys-
tery and are called to trust.
We turn to the Gospel and find no
easy answer to the questions Job and
The ''answer'' we have received is
In Jesus, God's addresses our
questions and our needs. He quickly
begins to show us God's response to us
in his ministry, by first healing Simon
Peter's mother-in-law and those ''who
were ill or possessed by demons.''
Throughout Mark's gospel Jesus is
constantly misunderstood, especially
by his own disciples.
While he is a healer and can cast out
evil spirits, the question for them and
us is, ''What do his spectacular deeds
tell us about who he is?
What do they tell us about God,
especially in the face of our suffering
Jesus' disciples only saw a wonder-
As we travel with him through the
gospel, listen to Jesus' teaching and
observe his mighty deeds, will we come
to accept the God of salvation Jesus is
revealing to us?
Will we hold on and hope in this
God, even in the midst of life's
Impressive tee-off for
Taihape golf season
By IN THE ROUGH
Life member John McKinnon hit a
superb first ball to declare the 2012
season open in front of a very good turn
out of Taihape Golf Club members on
Up for grabs were the much valued
McKee and AJC trophies.
As usual seniors were drawn with
juniors in a mixed Canadian
foursome's format with a one third of
combined handicap deduction. Taking
out the McKee trophies were Marian
Cleaver and Briany Bristol coming in
on 68 net well clear of the field.
Kevin O'Brien and Coral Thomas
shot 72, Bernie Mickleson and Allison
Thomas were on 74, Aaron Campbell
and Diane Mickleson 76, James Mick-
leson and Karen Clarke 78, Chris
George and Anne Bird 78, Koke
Cashell and Fran Robertson 79, John
Gilbert and Lesley Hardwidge, John
McKinnon and Ngaire Bond, Marty
Crafar and Denise Millner 80.
In the AJC men's section none
played better than Kerry Wells and the
consistent Tom Power who combined
perfectly for a 64 net. Alec James and
Peter Valentine scored 68, Richard
Millner and Denis Robertson 73, Paul
Renwicks and Brent Denton 74, Gary
Thomas and Nick McGuinn 75, Alan
Thomas and Brent Hamilton 77,
Danny Mickleson and Chris Clarke 78,
Duane Dick and Robert Cleaver 80.
Life member Pat Cozens presented
the trophies congratulating the
winners on excellent performances.
President Danny Mickleson outlined
the 2012 season objectives.
Entries are being taken for the
Joblin, the White Cup and Captain's
This Sunday, the Pennant season
kicks off with Taihape the venue for A
grade and Waiouru the venue for C
grade. With the course closed on
Sunday for Pennants those wanting a
relaxed round can have a hit at noon
On Sunday Feilding 19 will be trav-
elling to Taihape for the annual
interclub contesting the Bradley/Mort-
land Tray with all scores counting.
This will be held in conjunction with
the Craigs Investment Partners 18
hole open stableford tournament with
the best gross and net recognised.
Jimmy Mickleson deservedly won
the Summer Cup as the most consist-
ent player over the last three months
and has fully earned his anchor spot in
both the President's Trophy and C
Grade team with some impressive golf.
Service to stop drivers texting
The NZ Transport Agency applauds
Vodafone's texting innovation to
improve safety on the country's
''Texting while driving became
illegal two years ago but it remains
a significant and unwelcome cause
of too many crashes, so it's great to
see Vodafone's initiative giving
people another option to make a
safe choice when they are travel-
ling,'' says the NZTA's Chief Execu-
tive, Geoff Dangerfield.
Vodafone's DriveSafe service is
free and it blocks a text message
sent to a driver and lets the sender
know that person is on the road and
unable to respond.
''Nobody is perfect and it is easy
to get distracted when driving, so
this innovation will help people stay
safe,'' Mr Dangerfield says.
DriveSafe is a good fit with the
Government's Safer Journeys vision
of a safe road system increasingly
free of death and serious injuries, he
''Everyone has a part to play
-- not just policy makers and
planners, but the private sec-
tor too, including the telecom-
''The NZTA encourages all
Vodafone customers to sub-
scribe to DriveSafe and to use
''But we hope this sort of
innovation does not stop with
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