Victoria

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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

prayerWe 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.
Matthew 18:20

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

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3 responses

  1. We pray for Gods grace to fill your church and to fall upon the family. Our hearts go out to you all. Thank you for setting up the fund for Vicki. May the light of Jesus shine through the darkness and bring you peace.

  2. I am sure she will be welcomed to heaven with open arms and trumpets blowing for she is truly one of Gods angels, You shall rest in peace for there is no greater love than to give your life so others may live.You are a true hero on earth and a angel in heaven

  3. “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”

    Here it is, “Abundantly”: *the* “secret” to deep peace and lasting contentment! Knowing that *He* is [still] “God” – whether or not it “looks like it” from our individual vantage point! Yet all of this is far easier said, than done…

    Thank you for linking the Book to life’s situations — that is one of God’s great desires for us ~ to integrate “faith” and “life”! As a teacher myself, I must speak God’s Truth from His Word to myself constantly throughout the school day, and especially so, with the events of Newtown so painfully etched into everyone’s minds. May the peace of God “rule” [be the “umpire”, lit.] in our lives these days! Thanking God for Victoria and for the many, many people whose lives God has touched, and is still touching, as a result of her wholehearted pursuit of God’s calling of teaching for her! May each of us chase hard after God’s calling for each of *us*! Doing so would delight Victoria, I imagine (though I never had the privilege of meeting her), and most certainly brings joy to God Who so loves us! Encouragements to you and your readers! – gracie

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