Saturday, December 15, 2012

There may not be "words", "answers" or "reasons why", but there are things we can do

I believe you are like me, still in shock and horror at the tragedy which happened in the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conneticut. There are no words for this type of grief. At this moment I'm so thankful for God's strong arms - they are strong enough to hold the families who lost someone they love. 

I read Karl Bastian's post, "When there are no answers", and want to share some of it with you. Karl said, "But still I grieve. But at the same time, I am renewed in my passion to reach children – and families, and to look into the eyes of those around me and look for hurt. Adam Lanza, the alleged murderer, needed help. To do this, he had to be a lost and broken young man. Society or the Church failed to rescue him. While he is responsible for his actions, we share some responsibility for failing to reach people in need. He is a victim as well, a victim of a broken world. I am not making excuses for him, nor excusing his crime. He is guilty. But had someone reached him or realized he was slipping, perhaps 20 children and 6 adults who cared for and loved those children could have been saved.
So our mission remains clear – love the children and reach families. And always be seeking who around us is flailing and struggling. We never know who we may save when we reach out and share God’s love with the lost around us. There are people losing hope and don’t know there is Hope.
Hug your children, but don’t stop there. Spread God’s love to everyone around you. More people need it than we realize. We don’t need more laws in America, we need more of God’s Love in America."
There may not be "words", "answers" or "reasons why", but there are things we can do. Love the children and reach families. Spread God's love to everyone. Seek those who are struggling. Share God's love. And pray for the families who lost loved ones. 

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