The tragedy that hit us this week was heart wrenching. I watched the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary School and learned that one of the members of our church was a victim of the attack. Our church family was shaken to the core. And our hearts broke for this family and for all the families who lost their little angels and loved ones.
There are no words to describe the sorrow I am feeling. Hearing that Vicki shielded her classroom full of children and is being labeled a hero is of no surprise. I have known this family for many years and all of the women in that family I have had the pleasure of knowing, are inspiring, loving, and caring women who give their time and energy to helping others.
And so what do we do next?
We put our faith in God
Life isn’t easy, and sometimes it brings us disappointment and heartache. When our faith is in Him, we know that He knows all about our problems and burdens, and we know also that He loves us and will give us everything to need to overcome our challenges.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, Psalm 46:1-2
We pray… not only on our own, but in groups.
For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.
Prayer takes us beyond the limits, it steps over all the boundaries, it causes us to rise above the our challenges, and it helps us cope - Because when we pray, we are connecting with the All-Powerful, All Mighty God.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
We Trust in him
In life…We will face times of difficulties and find ourselves in bad situations. I believe that God takes those pains and blends them with His grace and finds a way to produce some good out of bad situations. We may not understand it; and we may not like it; but we must put our trust in God and believe that he will work all things together for our good.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
We Cry together and comfort one another
Whenever there is a tragedy like this there will be tears. There are tears from those directly affected and those who empathize. We feel helpless and wish things were different. Strength is the ability to rise up, even with teary eyes, and move forward. We need to take time to be with those we love and allow ourselves to be comforted. We need to give God time to act.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1