This weekend has been a tough one for me as I’m sure that it has been for all of you too! I did my best to avoid watching the news because I didn’t think I could handle watching all of the private (or not so private) emotional moments of the families and people affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I didn’t need to watch to understand the fear and yet I was somehow comforted knowing that those innocent children were now with Jesus and had no fear or pain. I was barely able to keep it together with out watching, I didn’t need to see and hear the horror to know our nation had been rocked by sadness, grief and disbelief that something so awful could happen. And yet it did.
I had tried to go about my weekend with as much semblance of normal as possible, amidst my disbelief, sadness and prayers, I did a bit of shopping, went to my work Christmas party, and had a wonderful dinner with some of my oldest, “bestest” friends. But this morning, on my way to pick up my youngest daughter from spending the night with her sister, I realized, that today, it was going to sink in…I was not going to be able to avoid those overwhelming feelings of compassion and sadness for the families of those 27 lost lives. I knew it was coming….I was never going to make it through this day with out falling apart and falling to my knees. And so I thought, and prayed and I sat her most of today in tears.
I’m sure many will and are trying to figure out why….or how…..or what went wrong….or better yet how can we prevent this from happening again??? I heard this saying once…Pain is God’s megaphone to wake a sleeping world. Well this is pain! We are in the grips of a painful realization that there is evil and I for one am awake….The solution….the power of God.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14
Pray for the families, pray for the children, pray for the first responders, pray for everyone who is in any way affected by this tragedy, pray for this nation, pray for others, pray for wisdom, pray for bravery to share the gospel of Jesus, the good news, our need for a savior, Pray for comfort. Just !
Tonight, my heart goes out to the families of the victims both here and gone and to the community of Newton.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10