I cried today. Uncontrollably. Unashamedly. I hugged my children tighter, thankful to have been able to welcome them home. I prayed for a lot of people that I don't know. I prayed for families, for children, for parents, for teachers, for a community.
I witnessed many responses to this tragic event. Some are looking for answers in stricter laws, some don't know where to look, some are turning to God, others are blaming God.
It's one of those things where people start to ask those questions - Why would someone do something like this? How could God allow something like this to happen to innocent children?
There is only one answer - Sin.
"Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned--" Romans 5:12
It is for this reason that Christ came to die-
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
We ask how someone could murder innocent children, but what about the deaths of millions of babies that occur everyday that are encouraged by our society and government? Our society pushes God away and then wonders where He is when tragedy strikes.
We need to be clinging to our Savior. We need to realize the urgency to share Him with others and do so with boldness because we are burdened for their lives and eternity.
Christmas is coming. A celebration of Christ's coming to Earth as a baby. There was a time when He was five years old. He knows what these children went through today. As I think about how desperately people need Him, my celebration this year will be even more heartfelt.