Just trying to put words on the screen brings tears to my eyes.
The horror gripping Newtown, Connecticut right now is incomprehensible and heart-wrenching.
And the unanswerable questions flash in garish neon across my mind:
• Why, God? Why didn’t you intervene?
• Where were you?
• How is it possible for such gross evil to take place?
Yes, scripture gives some answers.
• “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways,” declares the Lord (Isaiah 55:8).
• “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:8).
• “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
But it’s not enough right now. Such abhorrent evil as was carried out in those kindergarten classrooms makes us sick. A few words of platitude don’t help. Not even scripture.
But this tragedy does have me thinking: What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary is an example of the dark wickedness any one of us is capable of—without Jesus.
Lord, have mercy on those suffering families and friends of Newtown. Yet, in the midst of great sadness, I thank you for the mercy you have already flooded upon us, in sending your Son, Jesus. He is indeed our way through calamity. He is our truth when no other truth suffices. And most glorious of all, he is our life—eternal life (John 14:6). We cling to you, Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen.