the wake of tragedy, we are filled with confusion and indignation. We
want someone to blame; we want someone to pay. We inevitably ask the
question that will likely never be answered: WHY? Why would
someone do such a horrible thing? Why did someone not see this coming?
Why didn’t someone stop it? Why would God allow this to happen? I do not presume to speak for God – and God certainly does not need my defense – but I can imagine a conversation . . .
“God! Are you there? And if you are, how could You let this happen?
Don’t you even care about those children, about their parents and
families? God? Are you listening?” “Yes, I am here . . . and I
was there. I was there, embracing the frightened children, huddled
together in every corner. I was there hearing the prayers of children
and teachers, crying out to Me in sheer terror. I was there, guiding
the adults who were desperately seeking to protect the children from
harm. I was there, receiving innocent lives, taken far too early, not
by Me, but by the senseless act of a tormented soul. I was there. “I was there with the parents as they learned of the tragedy in those
panic-stricken moments until they held their loved ones safely in their
arms. I was there, My own heart breaking with those of parents who
learned their precious children had been taken. “I was there,
reaching out even to the lost, confused, angry, and tormented souls who
perpetrated this heinous act – trying to guide, trying to reach him
even till the end, for he, too, is My child whom I love. I was there . . . and I am here. I am here to offer healing families whose lives have been shattered, to
survivors whose lives have been forever changed, and to a society that
continues to produce individuals so disenfranchised, so embittered, so
detached, so deranged that such an action is even possible. “I AM here . . . and I AM listening . . . and I AM reaching. Will you turn to Me?”
I wanted to share the e-mail, with his permission of course, that church members received this morning from Mark.
Mark McCoig is the pastor of my church, Sharon Baptist, Knoxville Tennessee. He has 3 school age sons, a wife who teaches elementary and his mother in law is a teaching assistant. His mother retired from the schools central office. My church is full of teachers retired and still teaching. Several serve the schools in other capacities. As Mark said, everyone will not agree with this, but I wanted to share. Love and prayers Betty