The following article was originally posted at Here I Blog under the same title ‘Death, Murder, Hope‘.
Death is one of the few parts of life that is unavoidable. Death comes in various ways from natural to accidental to sometimes murderous. All death is sad, especially, to those close to the deceased. Yet, it is normally less difficult to mourn a natural death than an accidental or, especially, a murderous one.
What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School was neither natural nor accidental – it was murder. Pure evil.
It is time to pray for all of those affected by the murder of the six adults and 20 children. Pray for the family, friends, and acquaintances. Pray that they mourn well and heal and find hope and restoration. But especially pray that they have time to mourn and grieve. Let’s grieve with the family and friends as we pray for them.
I could not believe that 20 children were murdered Friday morning. Death is bad enough when innocent lives are taken, but there is something even more tragic when someone takes the lives of innocent children. Those children, age’s five to ten, had barely begun their lives.
There is no way to make sense of these murders other than the fact that we live in a fallen and sinful world. Search any heart honestly enough and it is not hard to find the evil that anyone of us can conjure in our minds. Thankfully, most of us do not have the desire to act out the evil our minds can create.
Nevertheless, a fallen and sinful world does not help make sense of what happened at Sandy Hook. Sin does not give comforting answers to those grieving their loss; it cannot. A fallen world did not help me make sense of my miscarried baby which was a natural death.
Sure, the world is fallen and we sin, but that is not a comforting answer. What parent is going to say, “The world is fallen and sinful? OK. Here is my child.”
I only know of one Father who willingly gave His Son up to a fallen and sinful world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 ESV).
That Son said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 ESV).
Jesus is our hope; may we cling to Him as we mourn these lost lives.