Saturday, December 15, 2012

Newtown

There are many people, including myself, asking the questions why would God allow something so tragic as 20 innocent children to be murdered? While we can ask ourselves this question it is not something we will have an answer for. Instead of dwelling on the why and what for we should focus on the prayer and concern for that town and especially those poor families who lost their children for no clear reason.

We should be improving our relationship with God and praying for peace and protection from events like this that could occur in our lives. I am currently reading a very good book called Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts for my own personal reflection, but it has some scriptures that really hit me since this incident has happened.

"For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men." Lamenations 3:31-33

"I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things." Isiah 45:7

"He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Matthew 5:45


These scriptures are telling us that although we experience tragedy and loss they are all part of God's master plan and everything that occurs is by his choosing for our benefit. Events like this make it  hard to feel this is ultimately for our good, but we have to maintain our faith that God is looking out for us and has our best interest at heart and mind.

This also to me says we need to bring God back to our schools.

"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." Psalm 127:1

I am not saying that prayer in school would have prevented this from occurring, I cannot speak for God's master plan. I do feel safe in saying by removing him from the schools we have prevented blessings that were in store for our schools and children.

I will close by saying although we will never be able to fully answer why we need to pray to God for peace for this community, these families, and our families and that God never raises his hand of protection from our lives. We should be focused on God and he will provide the words to our hearts that he wants us to take away from this tragedy.