Yesterday’s tragic and senseless shootings at a Connecticut Elementary School have stirred a multitude of emotions across our nation. Sadness, heartache, anger and confusion abound. Social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook were filled questions, condolences, political rants and despair.
How can this happen to kids? How could someone do this? How could God allow this to happen?
It is appropriate to address all of these issues and questions – at the appropriate time. However, hours after families are given the news that their children have been murdered is not the appropriate time to answer deep theological questions or make political declarations. What hurting people need in dark times like these are not political points or proposed answers, but prayer, love and compassion.
Yesterday was a reminder that evil is a reality. We live in a broken and fallen world. It was also a reminder of the only remedy: Hope that is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Christmas these days is seen through bright lights and colorful wrapping paper and pretty bows. However, the Christmas story was birthed by God sending His Son into a world that was filled with darkness and hopelessness. Lying in that Christmas manger was the Light and Hope of the word. Jesus is the remedy for what ails our fallen world. As He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Let us pray today that the light of Jesus would shine on the hearts of those who have been brought to their knees with unthinkable pain. Let us cry for them and have heartfelt compassion towards them knowing that our Heavenly Father desires to, as our President quoting Psalm 147 yesterday said, Heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.