Praying for Newtown

If you watched the news over the weekend, you heard reporters grasping for some kind of adjective to describe what happened Friday.

Unthinkable. Unconscionable. Horrific. Unimaginable. Grotesque.

Everyone who was trying to talk about the murders of twenty 6- and 7-year-olds and six adults in an elementary school simply didn’t know what to say.

I don’t either.

I’ve got more questions than I’ve got answers.

How could anyone do that?

What was going through his mind?

What went wrong to get him to this point?

Why, oh why, did it have to be kids?

We might never know the answer to most of those questions, but as Christians we have several convictions.

We know that God cares, and that he can bring good out of awful situations.

We believe that today just as strongly as we did last Thursday.

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

We don’t know all the reasons why, but as Christians we believe even when we can’t see.

We trust even when we don’t know.

And so now we pray to a Loving, Omnipotent, Sovereign God.

Please take the names of these 20 kids and 6 adults to our Father’s throne, and pray for their families. And also pray for the Lanza family

The children:

Charlotte
Daniel
Olivia
Josephine
Ana
Dylan
Madeleine
Catherine
Chase
Jesse
James
Grace
Emilie
Jack
Noah
Caroline
Jessica
Avielle
Benjamin
Allison

The adults:

Dawn
Rachel
Anne
Lauren
Mary
Victoria

Our Father, though we don’t know why some things happen the way they do, we trust in you as our Loving God. We ask you today to bless these families and give them comfort in a time of terrible grief. We pray that you will turn their hearts toward you and your word and your people. We pray that you will guide everyone who will minister to them, counsel them, hug them, love them. In some way, Father, we pray that more people will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Thank you for being a God of compassion, and for expressing your love to us as you watched your innocent Son murdered because of the things we’ve done wrong. Through him we pray, Amen.

In Christ,
Chuck

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