I had another post all scheduled to go today… most played songs of 2012, it’s been postponed. I’ve been thinking all weekend about what I wanted to say about what happened in Connecticut on Friday, what I could possibly have to add to all the words that are being said. I have read and heard many things that resonated with me, that have given comfort and helped frame my thinking about what happened.
Here is what I know:
- I will not seek out information about the person who did this; there is no tidbit of information that will give me a satisfactory answer to the big question of WHY?
- We will never understand what makes a person murder innocent people, especially when those innocent people are children. It is inexplicable and uncomprehendable. It is senseless.
- Evil is rampant in our world, but that does not mean God is absent. He weeps for us and with us.
- Something needs to be done to address the problems of our world, I have no idea how everything (or anything) can be fixed but I can pray, that is the very least and the most important thing I can do.
- Countless lives were changed on Friday, directly and indirectly and once again, as has happened in the past with Columbine, 9/11, tsunamis and shuttle explosions, we will never be the same again. When things like this happen, the ripples are felt (big and small), we have to learn how to ride them out. It’s okay to be sad and mourn, we are not being self-indulgent if we do so, we are showing empathy.
- We cannot let this tragedy be turned into soundbites and endless rounds of the blame game. We failed, all of us; none of us are perfect or without blame. But we have to try and do our best and make a difference if and when we can.
- We cannot let fear control us. It’s never not scary to send our children out into the world. We are not promised limitless days here on earth.
What happened in Sandy Hook is senseless and desperately sad. My heart breaks for the parents. It breaks for the teachers and students who survived, who saw things no one should ever have to see. My mind rages against the unfairness of it all, rejects the muscle that evil is trying to flex. My soul longs for heaven, as much as I enjoy my life, the joy is nothing in comparison to what awaits me there.
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
May the glory of the Lord shine upon us and may He give us His eternal and everlasting peace.
You write beautifully and yes, just like you I had another post scheduled for today but in light of the tragedy, those words seemed frivolous right now. I totally agree that this hasn’t shaken my faith but should create an urgency to readily spread God’s truths. Thank you for voicing yours with so much heart. God bless.
beautiful. thank you for this
Michelle… thank you for expressing what I have been thinking. Evil has been present from the beginning and will be present until the end. We cannot live our lives in fear, we must simply be vigilant, knowing that we cannot control others or life. God is good, all the time and HE loves us and HE wants us to cling to HIM. There will be good that comes from this tragedy but we need to continue to pray for all of those affected. God bless those little children and those brave adults.
Very well said! Something my pastor’s wife has said numerous times “hold them lightly, they belong to God, you are just borrowing them”.
It’s hard to do… but there is great comfort in knowing this world never has the last say with the people we love.