As I sit here in my nice, comfortable living room; safe and sound; praying and thinking of those who are mourning the death of loved ones in Connecticut, I find myself speechless (or wordless). I know there are many people out there that have so many questions. And as a pastor, part of me feels that I need to come up with some wise answer and response to this senseless shooting.
Why did so many children have to die?
Why did anyone have to die?
What could possibly possess someone to walk into a school and start shooting?
What were they thinking?
So many questions
So much fear
So much anger
So much confusion
But the fact of the matter is this ~ We can’t make sense of this. One thing we can conclude is that this is a sin-fallen world, but even that statement does not bring any healing. Actually…it might even offend someone who is mourning. So we can’t just say that and stop. That would be irresponsible. It would be no different than how many people have tried to explain tragedies and natural disasters in our past. Some have even gone so far as to say that God ordained such an event as a way to communicate something or announce judgement. That too would be irresponsible on our part.
So what can we say now?
In the face of tragedy the only answer we have is Jesus. That’s it…and that is all we need.
Jesus came to us in love
Jesus announced forgiveness
Jesus died on a cross and rose from the grave
Jesus has won the victory and that victory is ours through faith in him
That’s what is comforting me right now, but I am still sad. A tragedy like this will do that to a person. So in the mean time I will just run to God. Running hard with open arms. Running hard with tears of sadness and tears of joy. Conflicted but victorious through Jesus Christ.
Don’t try to come up with an answer. Don’t try to make sense of the senseless. Run to God and listen. Run to God and know healing. Run to God and find hope. Jesus is the answer. Alleluia!
Loving and gracious God, our hearts go out to those who are mourning the death of loved ones but our hearts are also mourning and breaking. Please bring us healing and hope that we may find strength in you to share healing and hope with those who are hurting. Help us to see the victory over this world that Jesus won and gave to us through faith. May we run to you and not to worldly wisdom. Loving God, we worship and praise you in and through this storm. Amen.
The pastor -|—