Prayers For Newtown: Finding God in Chaos

“For we do not know how to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.” (Rom8:26) #PrayersForNewton

Another tragedy has occurred in our nation. We in the church are horrified by the evil that surrounds us. Many people outside the church have asked why God would take these small children or allow something like this to happen. The real answer is that evil comes from Satan and not from God. God has no part with evil and  does not condone sin or self-absorbed sinners who hurt those around them. 

In one weeks time, many of our “safe places” like hospitals, malls, and yes, even elementary schools, have been targeted by deranged and angry gunmen. We are such a lost and broken world. How do we explain to our children what evil lays wait for them? We must be mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends, and family members who pray for and with our children. It should not take a shooting to realize how precious are loved ones are. We now have to sit and explain to 5 year olds about guns at school. We all want a safe society to raise our children, but are finding out that a nation who has turned its back on God is paying a high price for our continual moral decline.

This is not just a mere coincidence that exactly 50 years after prayer was taking out of our public schools, that we continue to see violence in our schools. The prophet Nehemiah quotes “But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They turned their backs on your Law, they killed your prophets who warned them to return to you, and they committed terrible blasphemies. So you handed them over to their enemies, who made them suffer.” (Nehemiah 9:26-27) The verse goes on to say that this nation repented and returned to God who sent them liberators (comforters) from their sorrows.

We need to return to God. We need to repent of our sins. We need to throw away the books, TV shows, music that moves us away from God and back to the soothing Scriptures of truth that have collected dust over the past several years. Children must know that this Christmas, they are loved so much by God. Jesus speaks about children many times in the Bible. He does not speak critically or harsh to children, but instead alway sees the bright future and wonderful hearts of our little ones. Jesus calls children a heritage, a joy, a crown, a gift, and members of the kingdom of God.

This Christmas, may we all turn our eyes to the Savior who may not show us the answers to sorrow, but paved a way that we may never have to experience such grief when we join Him in glory.

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