As a nation, we are all still reeling from the tragic event that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday. 26 lives taken way before their time; the innocence of an entire school full of elementary children stolen; the trust of a community shattered. There are no words to adequately convey the heinousness of what happened or provide comfort to the families. Instead we try to do our best to understand ‘why’.
As I watched the news over the weekend, that has been the question at the forefront of everything. Why? Why would someone do something like this? They’re just innocent children and teachers. Why? Why?? WHY?? I have asked that question, with tears streaming down my face, only to find the same answer – “We don’t know why”.
The families, 27 of them -including Adam Lanza’s family- are just now starting to realize that what happened on Friday wasn’t just a horrible dream. Those families, who sent their children to school on Friday full of hope and excitement for the weekend, now have to start putting together the pieces of their broken life. My heart breaks for them. It aches to provide them comfort somehow; yet, I know from seeing my parents lose a child, there isn’t anything we can do to ease the pain.
Instead, we grieve with them. Give the parents space to be angry, flood the community with support. In times like this, I am reminded that God is waiting to provide comfort. He grieves with us and his shoulders are broad, they can carry all the anger, hurt, confusion that we can heap on him. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” Psalm 34:18
Please reflect on the lives that were taken Friday. Such beautiful children and adults, so full of life and hope for the future. Say a prayer for their families and community. Remember them; love them.