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A Senseless Massacre

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Isaiah 60:2

The darkness arrived in the morning and rapidly spread over the town, the state, the nation, and even around the world. A young man after shooting his mother breaks into an elementary school. His rampage takes the lives of twenty-six adults and young children ending with his own self-inflicted demise.

Our ears, our eyes, but mostly our hearts are covered with darkness as the media floods us with this horrific story. Many miles away from this scene, our hearts hurt with our fellow parents, teachers, and countrymen. Innocence taken; bravery exemplified; service gratefully rendered.

Once again we ponder the familiar “why” of it? Once again, we ask, ”Why do bad things happen to good people?” We yearn for a quick easy answer. It isn’t there.

So we reflect. Evil exists in our world as it has since the creation. We humans are capable of making destructive choices.

Our creator provides comfort in the middle of heartache. The prophet Isaiah knew this thousands of years ago. The darkness is acknowledged, but our LORD, our Yahweh, comes to light our way with His glory.

As the darkness fades and His light appears, He will comfort and heal. And yes, He will use these horrific days to heal, to teach, and to guide.

SO? What is my role? I am sad. I am angry. I am afraid. I run to the arms of my Jesus. He is my only comfort. He knows what is happening even before we are overwhelmed with bad news, over and over.

Oh, my Jesus, Savior of this world, come to me; come to this broken world. Bring Your light, Your peace, and Your glory.

Lynda S.  

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