I wasn’t going to write about it as this blog post will surely become lost in the sea of characters of different people posting about different things in the wake of the deaths in Newtown, CO. Quite honestly it actually makes me nauseous and a little uneasy to try to reflect about what happened. Because with technology no longer can we simply interpret the act itself we now have to process the media’s interpretations, slants and bias of what happened. Then the extremists move in like Westboro Baptist picketing at vigils or discussions of gun control, more guns, more laws…on…and…on. Then there are the comments of hate towards people created in the image of God and our violent longing for justice becomes a hateful diatribe of our own spiritual depravity.
So I didn’t want to write about it because there is not much else to say.
What sense can we make of this?
Why do we have to know the “why”?
Will it do anything to help grieving families?
Sure it might help us avoid future mistakes but nothing is 100%. An elementary school should be a place where our kids go to be safe, secure and want to learn. Yet, nothing is 100% safe. No matter the ingenuous plan, the courageous teachers or any plan set in place, nothing is 100%. I was aware of this as I let 1st grader, my Kindergartner and my per-Kindergarter go to school this morning. James, the brother of Jesus (who knew this too well) reminds us:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14)
We are vapors in the wind of God’s willful spirit. So what are we to do? Do what we always do. Trust God. Trust that God’s glory is revealed in some capacity. Pray to God for the victims (28 of them counting Adam and his mother) and their families. Pray for the glory of God to pervade the very fabric of our human existence. Trust God in his providence that when Jesus comes (remember Christmas?) all wrongs will be made right and no amount of hurt will go unaddressed. Pray for the misinterpretations, the straw hats, the confusion, the “Where was God?” comments and all of the questions that may never find answers.
Trust in God.