“Do we have to do this?” said the angel, who like all of God’s agents felt Compassion above all. “It seems so cruel. One more day, and she can see him become President.”
YES, said God. SHE HAS DONE HER JOB AND KNOWS THAT HE WILL SUCCEED. SHE WILL NOT SUFFER.
“But what of him? She raised him. Does he not deserve to show his grandmother all he managed to do in honor of her?”
HE WILL GRIEVE. THAT DOES HER HONOR AS WELL.
“But – one more day – ”
HIS LOSS WILL PUT IN HIM A GREAT RESOLVE, TO DO EVEN MORE TO BE WORTHY OF HER MEMORY AND LINEAGE. FROM THAT RESOLVE GREAT THINGS SHALL BE WROUGHT. THIS IS A TIME OF NEED. ULTIMATELY HE WILL DRAW STRENGTH FROM IT.
“It just doesn’t seem fair, is all.”
THAT IS BECAUSE IT IS NOT. IT IS MERELY NECESSARY.
(crossposted from a comment at MetaFilter)