Where Do We Go From Here?

I just wanted to express like most everyone else, my sentiments regarding the horrible events of the past week.  So many young children’s lives taken from them before they even really had a chance to begin.  My mind cannot even comprehend the anguish these families are all going through.  Presents already under the tree that will go unopened. That first bike that will go un-ridden.  How does one even begin to pick up the pieces.  We mourn of course for those left behind.  The students who witnessed their brave teacher murdered before their eyes.  Coming back to school to find so many empty desks.  The parents who had so many hopes and dreams for their child.  The brothers and sisters who are without their sibling.  Please pray for those who have to continue on without the ones they loved so dearly.  Please also pray for the family of the shooter who have also lost a loved one and are left with this horrific memory.

Where do we go from here?  So many what if’s run through everyone’s mind.  What if guns were banned, would that have stopped the killer.  What if the principal had been armed?  Would that have stopped the killer?  What if . . . .   No amount of what if’s will change what happened so we all have no choice but to move forward.  The wounds will eventually heal, but the scars will never disappear.  What should we do now?  We should pray.  Unfortunately we live in a day and age where evil is everywhere.  Weapons are not the issue.  When I was young every boy (and most girls including me) carried a pocket knife.  During hunting season, many of the older boys would still be dressed in camouflage and their rifles would be hanging in the back window of their unlocked truck where they had gotten in a couple of hours of hunting before school.  No, guns are not the issue at stake here.  There has been a change in the way people think and act.  A change of heart.  I’m just 31 but I guess I grew up in a different place it seems like.  I was taught from a young age to respect guns and how to properly handle them.  This same week in China several children were killed by a man with a knife and earlier in the year they had a man with a hammer attack several children.  In case you haven’t noticed, someone who is deranged enough to take the life of another person doesn’t really care what the law says about anything!  I cannot fathom why anyone would so brutally murder a child or anyone for that matter.  It’s evil plain and simple.

So where do we go from here?  Well, let’s start by loving.  If everybody would follow Jesus’ simple command of loving each other, we wouldn’t have this discussion.  We all need to pray.  Pray everyday for your family, your schools, your church, your town, your country.  And we all need to prepare.  Whether we like it or not, this is where we are at.  There is nothing at all wrong with taking every precaution to protect your family.  My husband carries a handgun when we are out.  I am thankful for him stepping up and being ready to defend and protect our family.  I’m thankful to have it at the house on nights when he has to be away.  I know how to use it am prepared to use it to protect my family.  I know many will probably disagree with me.  You are a steward of the children God has given you and that includes provision and protection.  Can we be with them all the time?  No.  That’s why every day I pray for God to send guardian angels to watch over my children (Psalm 91:11-12).  Yes I believe in that stuff and yes I believe it makes a difference.

So as we go into this Christmas season that is suddenly not quite as cheerful remember what this season is really about.  It’s not about gifts or Santa or fancy dinners.  It’s ALL about Love.  Jesus came as a baby just so he could die as a sacrifice for everybody.  God sent His child.  His only Son because He loved us so much that He was willing to give up His child for us.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could sacrifice my child for someone else.  My love is just not that pure, even though I know it should be.  I’m a work in progress too.  Jesus help us all to love like you.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  John 15:13

May Jesus’ love, peace and comfort be with you all.