The events of Friday, December 14, 2013 were unbelievably tragic and tragically incomprehensible. The loss of innocent lives stirs the hearts and the minds of anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear. If only we were momentarily blind and temporarily deaf in so as to shut out the cries of anguish by those left behind in the wake of inconsolable loss.
Yet that is not the way of faith.
In a moment of inexplicable tragedy and desolate heartbreak, one can only turn to the One who created us to consolation and comfort.
Even our President turned to the Lord as he addressed the good people of Newtown.
He quoted scripture when he said, “Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” These are the words of the Apostle Paul from 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1.
He went on to say, “As a community, you’ve inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you’ve looked out for each other, and you’ve cared for one another, and you’ve loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered. And with time, and God’s grace, that love will see you through.” Truly, it is only the grace of God that can get us through difficulties such as this.
Concerning our future, the President said, “And even when we’re trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God’s heavenly plans.”
Regarding our mortality, he stated, “And that’s what should drive us forward in everything we do, for as long as God sees fit to keep us on this Earth.”
Speaking of the children that died, he quoted Christ by saying, “‘Let the little children come to me,’ Jesus said, ‘and do not hinder them — for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” (Mark 10:14) “God has called them all home.”
Finally, regarding all those left behind, our President said, “May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in His heavenly place. May He grace those we still have with His holy comfort. And may He bless and watch over this community, and the United States of America.”
Even the President of a country that is slowly turning a blind eye to God, verbally draws near to Him in times when the country mourns an incomprehensible loss, which draws attention to the human condition and our lack of control over our own destinies.
I am not sure what he meant by his words, but I do know what the words should mean.
Something to think about…