How Do We Respond to Tragedy Like This?

I know many of you are watching the news and are aware of the tragedy in Connecticut. Just a couple of words of encouragement as we process what we see. Remember, in this time of Advent and Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God, through Jesus, drew near to us. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1).

In that, God, through Jesus Christ, felt our hurt, loss and pain. Jesus wept. (John 11:35). In times of unspeakable loss, He is not distant to our pain, but He weeps as we weep.

Remember, He is with us, and with all that are brokenhearted right now. And, through the cross, He suffered, as we do. And He rose from the dead, thus defeating the power of sin, death, and the grave.

So, what do we do? First, we pray. Pray for the families. Pray for the children. Pray for all that lost loved ones day. Pray.

Pray for our local teachers. Police. Emergency Responders. We pray.

Hug your children. Tonight. Each night. Love them. Care for them. Pray over them. Teach them. Love your families.

And even though it seems really dark right now – remember what I always say. I cheated. I read the end of the book. I know who wins in the end. God wins.

Satan, sin, and death will be defeated in the end. Hold fast to that.

Remember. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4.

I love you, but most importantly God loves you.

Andy

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