It started as just another school day for the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Children at the bus stop, children on the playground, and children in the classroom. However, it was not just another day for at about 9:30 a.m. as announcements were read over the loudspeaker shots rang out. And when the shooting was over 20 children first graders between the ages of 6 and 7 were dead.
The tragedy at Sandy Hook has shaken all of us. Speaking for the nation a weeping President Obama simply said…”Our hearts are broken.”
This tragedy again beckons the question why?
—Why would someone shoot innocent children?
—Why do bad things happen to Good People?
—Why do these senseless rampages continue to happen?
I have no answers to these questions; the time for answers will come later. For now all I can ponder is
– The unwrapped presents that won’t be opened this year.
– The birthdays that won’t be celebrated.
– The high school graduations that won’t be attended.
– The weddings that won’t be held.
Making sense out of the tragedy
What makes sense to me now is love. The outpouring of love within the Newtown community, the torrent of love from the nation, and the surge of love from the world tells me; while we are still filled with faults ….people are still good.
At times like these I am driven to my knees in prayer for solace and to my bible for comfort. For as Abraham Lincoln said “I have no place else to go”. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14
The safe harbor of Jesus’s love is now the home of 20 children from Sandy Hook, 12 girls and 6 boys. Their death reminds us how precious and fleeing life can be. And for now that is all the sense I can make out of the tragedy at Sandy Hook.