(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
5:12am, morning after the Connecticut Elementary School Massacre…
…a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. (M&W)
That is what I feel in my heart this morning for the devastated people of Newtown, Connecticut.
I actually cried as I prayed when the news broke, I trembled in my bones and I lost my breath…
20 children and 6 adults massacred, terror and bloodshed… in an elementary school. I can think of nothing more chilling, more evil, or heartbreaking.
I saw a photo on FoxNews.com (above) of a lady who held her cell phone to her ear, as she was wailing out with grief. I wondered if one of the 20 was her little man, or her little princess.
I wondered what these families had done the night before. I imagined kisses on the cheeks and bedtime conversation, “I love you sweetie,” and, “I love you too Mommy!”
I had flashbacks to the days when my Coree and Heaven were little ones, so happy and innocent, so trusting and carefree.
Then, I thought of kids in my church who are now that age… and how they run to hug me every Sunday, and they share their excitements with me, and they tell me they love me.
I went to Facebook and Twitter, and I watched with further heartache as the world reacted.
So, I posted 3 tweets and joined the global discussion:
26 dead @ a Connecticut Elementary School. I’m crying, & praying, filled with grief for the people of this community. #Newtown
Responses to violence: “gun control? there is no God?” But ppl have free will & these things will happen as godlessness increases. #Newtown
Let us pray for grace and peace.. reach out with compassion to the victims we know. May Newtown FEEL this nation’s empathy today. #Newtown
Here are some thoughts from my book about what is happening to our country…
Make Me A Legend, Chapter 6
Where Is God When We Need Him?
You may be wondering, if God is so great, then why doesn’t He do something about the devil and all the evil in this earth? That’s the age-old question, isn’t it?
I believe in God. I also believe that He is a good and loving God. I believe in His explanations of the past. I follow His instructions for a blessed life. I believe in His promise of an eternal future. I believe, that what God does in our world and in our personal lives is always done for our best—in the light of eternity.
Because there is a devil who influences the desires and actions of so many humans, we’re all making too many bad life choices that lead to awful consequences. Sometimes, we suffer the awful consequences of our own bad actions. Sometimes, our bad actions create awful consequences for other people. Other times, we suffer the awful consequences of other people’s bad actions. And yes, because of this, sometimes bad things do happen to good people.
[But, life doesn’t have to be this way. God should not be blamed for evil. He should be sought for healing, and for a better future world. His influence on people and communities can build a better tomorrow.] -added to this blog
This will come as new news to some people. God has already dealt with the true source of evil. He has made a way for us to become better people. All by Himself, God through His Son Jesus Christ made it possible for everyone to have a restored relationship with Him. We were wasting away in our sins, absolutely incapable of satisfying God’s righteous laws, and Jesus Christ lovingly and willingly lowered Himself down to this fallen world. As one of us, He did what we couldn’t do for ourselves. He lived sinlessly and died sacrificially for all who trust Him as Lord. Because of Jesus, we can become the children of God; and as such, the devil no longer has a legal right to destroy us, or use us to destroy others.
One of the amazing things about Father God is that He gives us our inheritance (a free will) so we can go do whatever we want with our lives. Yet, great freedom always comes with great responsibility. And with our freedom, we can choose to go our own way and do our own thing, and we can shut God out of our lives—as long as we can endure the pain.
[Today, more than any other time in American history, we are pushing God out of our nation. We want to live our own lives, our own way, without His interference. But when the nation goes crazy, we are so quick to throw our fists to the sky. Or we claim there is no God, because a loving God would never let anything like this happen to good people.] -added to this blog
Where is God when we need Him? He’s right where He’s always been! God is the gentle whisper in our cluttered hearts during those fleeting moments of silence. Faintly, we can feel Him nudging us to open our unused Bibles. He’s the nagging co-worker who invites us to church every Sunday. In the middle of every disaster, He is that warm and peaceful voice, telling us there has to be a better way.
The natural next question: “Then why isn’t He helping us?” Because we asked Him to keep His nose out of our lives, and out of our nation? Remember? I know, people don’t usually say it like this, and I’m sure you never intended to say it like this either, but somewhere along the way people want to live their own lives, their own way. And this is a dangerous way of existing.
In my humble opinion…
America has become a prodigal nation. We’ve pushed God out of our Schools, and we’ve thrown out morality in this new era of tolerance. We’ve produced a society that mocks God and His followers, but then grinds its teeth at Him for not preventing the godless actions of its own.
Today, let us shine a light in this dark world!
With the deepest compassion we’ve ever known, let us find a way to LOVE everyone around us. Hug your children and make sure they know you care. Reach out to the people of your community and beyond it. Be creative. Find a way to help alleviate the suffering in Newtown. Pray like you’ve never prayed for America, that God will somehow find a way back into our hearts.
With Much Love,