Broken Heart, Unbroken Promises: Meditation in Light of the Sandy Hook Shooting

Sandy HookHonestly, this pastor has not been able to face the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.  You would think a person who proclaims the faith could find the courage.  I could not make myself read the stories or see the images until this morning because it made my heart hurt too much.

The heart of Jesus was broken again as another slaughter of innocent children took place.  Let’s not forget Jesus was born into a time when Herod took the lives of children; looking for a child who threatened his reign.  God’s heart, like Jesus’ heart is broken, along with each of us in light of this horrific school shooting.  Any of us would have done anything we could do to stop that shooter, like those heroic folks on that elementary campus.  That inclination to make things right comes from being made in the image of a God.  It stands to reason, that even more so, God wanted this very sick and deranged young man stopped from perpetrating this crimes on these children.Why

There are many reasons why such things happen.  We understand some of them, but many of them remain hidden from us in the spiritual battle between good and evil.  There is nothing in any of the reasons “Why” that can find a place in the heart or will of God.  Everything does not happen for a reason.  Some things are unreasonable.  This is one of them.

One of the names of Jesus we speak during this season is Immanuel, God with us.  God is with us and remains determined thru the good news of Jesus Christ to put right all that is wrong with people and this planet.  The Holy Spirit is at work within and around us to restore the divine, but fallen image of God stamped on each of us and on God’s creation.  God will not rest until we know the qualities of hope, peace, joy and love that we declare when lighting this advent candle while waiting for God to come again among us to make things right.

Jesus Holding ChildChildren-that include each of us, but particularly the young children of the church; hear this one word among all the other words in this confusing time: God’s heart is broken, but God’s promises are not.  Our God is at work on this very day, among all children, who are in God’s tender care.  Until we know that fully and see that clearly we pray:


Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever And love me I pray

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care

And take us to heaven to live with Thee there


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  1. It is so sad and impossible to understand… We can take comfort in the lyrics to Away in the Manger. Thanks for the reminder.

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