Monday, December 17, 2012

The Comfort We Offer To Connecticut

No doubt you've been upset and deeply saddened by the terrible shootings at the school in Connecticut.  I find I just can't get it out of my mind--and my heart hurts for those who have lost a precious child and those families of the adults who were slaughtered.

How do you handle this spiritually?  Over and again I've asked God, "What possible good can come from this?  Why would you allow innocent children to be murdered?"  Maybe you don't have these kinds of questions, but quite honestly, I do and I admit it.  I'm confident our God is big enough to handle our questions and we are not condemned for asking them.

This horrible incident is in front of us, on our televisions and in our newspapers, and everyone is talking about it.  But it's not the first time innocent children have been slaughtered mercilessly.  I thought of the massacre at Bethelem, when innocent baby boys were killed by King Herod in his attempt to annihilate any challenge to his throne from a baby born a king.  Just because Mary and Joseph had gone to Bethlehem and Jesus had been born there--all of which was according to God's plan and fulfilled prophecies of old--those moms who had infant boys had to watch them killed--probably in front of their eyes--for no reason except one man's evil  paranoi.  Don't you imagine they asked "Why?" too?

In Matthew 2:18 we read:  "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”  I can well imagine that any mom--any parent-- would refuse to be comforted after losing a child in this way.  And no doubt for the moms and dads who are grieving in Newtown, CT today, there is little that any person can do to comfort them.

But we who know Christ have this promise from 2 Corinthians 1:2-4:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Probably none of us know the parents or relatives of those who were killed, but if we know the God of all comfort, let us pray continually for these dear people, who no doubt are "refusing to be comforted," that they will come to know the God of all comfort during these terrible days.  It's the least we can do and the most we can do.