On Friday, a mass murderer broke his way into an elementary school in Newtown, CT, killed 20 children and 6 unarmed adults before killing himself. We’ve all struggled with this tragedy and prayed for the families. We’ve wrestled with the reason for it, and how it should have been avoided, while contemplating how we can prevent it in the future.
Today, is Monday, and many of us go back to work and to our normal lives. It reminds me of a discussion my wife and I had with a friend who lost someone very close. She said, ‘I was outside the other day and everyone is continuing as if nothing happened!’ The surprise and shock in her voice was obvious and genuine. We didn’t doubt it, because we had the same thought years earlier when our 2 year old daughter went on ahead of us to heaven.
It is true, the world continues and God is patient. I have to think that out thoughts in that moment were closer to God’s than our own. I wonder if He is in awe when it comes to our robotic and occasionally thoughtless way of going through life. The Bible says:
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” – Romans 13:11
Even though, His grace is new every morning, we are one less morning away from our last. May God continue to be patient with those that haven’t taken the time to know Him. I’m thankful that He continues to hold out his hand to all that will accept it.
“I (God) have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in a way that is not good, According to their own thoughts; A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face” – Isaiah 65:2-3a
We have hope because our eternal Father sent his Son, and His hands were pierced and He was crucified for us! Our father now looks at us and says ‘how can they continue as if nothing happened!’ May we all wake from our sleep, before it is too late.
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