As a parent, I can’t even begin to imagine the heartache and pain of the parents in Newtown, CT whose babies will not be coming home. I can and do imagine, as a parent, the fear and confusion and questioning of how something this horrifying and evil can happen. As an educator, I can’t even begin to imagine the heartbreak of losing colleagues and students in one horrid event like the one that took place on December 14, 2012.
I am reflecting on this event because it is the most recent…the most close to home. But there are others…Virginia Tech, Columbine, Jonesboro, and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately. What causes people to have such a reckless disregard for people, for each other, for life? There are no easy answers…there are some commonalities, but there are no absolute markers…flashing neon lights pointing to the individual or individuals who will commit the next heinous act.
And, unfortunately, I am all too sure there will be a next heinous act. The one word that keeps coming to mind is evil. Pure and unrestrained evil. There are several verses in scripture that talk about the last days. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” Matthew 24:12 says, “ Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” There are other scriptures in 2 Thessalonians, 2 Peter, and on the list goes. But we know this…we see this all around us…we are living among it. So what do we do about it?
This one thought has brought me comfort over the past couple of days…Even in the midst of all this darkness, Jesus is still the Light. And, He will continue to be the Light, yesterday, today, and forever. Romans 12:14-21 talks about how we are to act. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Here is a short list of scriptures that bring comfort in difficult times…there are many other verses that are not listed here. Please feel free to leave a comment with your favorite comforting scripture. Psalm 27:4-5, Psalm 30:5, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 56:8, Isaiah 61:1-3, Nahum 1:7, Lamentations 3:22-23, John 16:22, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, 1 Peter 5:10
My heart is broken for all those touched by this most recent tragedy. My heart is broken for this country. Please join me in praying for all those affected by the events in Newtown, CT. Please join me in praying for our country. “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 And remember…Jesus is still the LIGHT.