Late Friday afternoon, I was putting the finishing touches on my Christmas sermon for this morning, when I heard the tragic news from Newtown, CT, a 20 year old man gunned down his mother and her 20 six and seven year olds and several adults, before turning the gun on himself.
I don’t know how that news hit you, but for me, it hit very close to home. I’m a teacher, a school board member and a parent of a kindergartener whose bright eyes I look into every morning in the rear view mirror. I see the innocence and excitement on her face, as Karis and I drive into school every morning—singing and laughing and talking.
I can’t imagine the overwhelming grief of the parents who lost their children in such a senseless slaughter. I think this story shook our nation in a very profound way, as many of us couldn’t help but weep with those who weep in Newtown, CT. What a horror. What a tragedy.
As believers we want to make sense of this biblically? We wonder, "What does God’s Word say? How does God think about this tragedy?”