I believe something needs to be said about the tragedy that happened this morning at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The headlines are all over the news.
Twenty-six are dead because of one man.
Twenty of the twenty-six were children ages five to ten.
As I listen to the news report sounding over the speakers on the TV in the other room, my heart goes out to the families of these precious children, as well as the many teachers unmercifully gunned down.
So far, the lawmen of the town have nothing. I doubt we'll ever really know the true thoughts and mind of the monsters who follow the world and act in obedience to their master.
You know who I'm talking about.
Our enemy has power. There's no doubt about that, but guess what?
His power is LIMITED.
I assure you, though it pains me to think of it, the murderer is now suffering the result of his actions and will suffer so for all eternity. Justice was not served there in the wounded town of Connecticut, but God is the ultimate Judge and He has spoken.
And yet, always, in situations like this, the questions comes to mind.
Why, why did God let this happen?
How could He?
Why must there be such violence?
Why, why, why?
I don't have all the answers.
But I do know that whatever happens, GOD IS IN CONTROL. Whether we believe it or not, He knows what He's doing. Whether we accept it or not, He has a plan to bring good out of anything. (Romans 8: 28)
Yes, even through the death of our dear little ones.
We may not like it. You may even hate Him for allowing something like this to occur. And yes, I said He allowed it to happen, because we all know He has the power to stop whatever is in motion. And again the question returns, Why did He allow it?
I don't know the mind of God. I cannot comprehend what is going on Up There. But as mentioned before, He is in control and we have no need to fear the future.
"In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 56:11)
True, he can take my body, yet in death, I am victorious!
If you are secure in your relationship with Christ, you need not fear death. Yes, in our life here on earth, there will be suffering as what we have seen today, but we as Christians have a promise (Romans 5:21) of a home and life in heaven.
Those sweet children, now gone from this earth are already there.
I really believe that.
I know to a parent - sibling, friend - of these precious lives that were lost would not want to listen to what I have to say, but I pray this disaster brings them closer to the One who still loves them even when the unthinkable happens, even when the result is laying to rest the body of a most beloved child.
But hang on, I am not finished.
This disaster, this massacre, involving firearms, always, always resurrects the discussion of gun control. Politicians, citizens, officers, teachers, parents, you name it, argue for more gun control, more laws, when in truth, at least in a sense, it's not the gun that is the problem, but the person who pulls the trigger.
Understand, I speak for myself, my daddy, my mama, my sisters, my brother, my family.
Faith, Family, Freedom.
Pray for those grieving this Christmas season.
Don't ever forget the Reason for this season.
Pray for our country.
Lord, have mercy on the United States of America. Forgive us, Lord, for our wrongs. Convict us, our King, and bring us back to You, and to the foundation for which we were born.