Tragedy and Trust


West Paducah. Jonesboro. Littleton. Bailey. And now Newtown.

School shootings hit at the core of who we are as Americans and human beings. Innocent children murdered. We wonder where God is in the midst of unexplainable horror.

As a parent of elementary school daughters, this one hits home. What kind of horror did those children endure? Looking at the pictures of the children killed makes it become real. They look like the kids in my daughters’ classes. My heart and prayers go out to the families of those whose lives were taken far too early. Christmas will never be the same for them.

Dropping off our daughters at school today took on new meaning this morning. Each day we drop our kids off at school takes immense trust. Trust in the teachers and staff at the school. Trust in the community. We don’t have control over our children for seven hours each weekday.

Tragedies like Newtown put a strain on that trust. We wonder if violent acts could happen at our child’s school.

The truth is that there is evil in each of our communities every day. It doesn’t just enter our community in a tragedy.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I have to lean on a God who gave up his own son to root out evil in our world. He understands the unimaginable heartache of watching his child suffer and die.

Ultimately, when I drop my daughters off at school I have to trust in God.

I still don’t understand why tragedies like this happen. I can’t imagine how God watches this unfold yet doesn’t command angels to stop unspeakable horror.

Yet I trust in a God who weeps with the parents of Newtown. I trust in a God who was in the rooms with the children who watched evil unfold in front of their eyes. I trust in a God who holds those children of Sandy Hook who are no longer with us.

I trust.

And I pray…

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.


About joelnewton

I am a husband to Hillary, a father to Anna and Norah

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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