You are welcome here as always, my friend, and I'll be glad to pass on to you whatever comfort God has given me, because there is certainly none to be found in man's world. No man-made explanation will ever allow us to get our heads around this act. Man can try, and we might even nod our heads like something is sinking in, but we both know we wouldn't accept it.
"Jesus wept." It's the shortest verse in the Bible, but it might be the most comforting in a time like this. God gave us free will, and Free Will is a promise made and a promise kept. The fact that God on earth was so saddened by the grief of one man dying, Lazarus, shows us that there is not some cruel and unfeeling God on a throne, but one that shares our grief with us. So maybe we get to see, through this act at this school, just as He sees, the depth man can go into a darkness so far away from what we know is good. Maybe we get to see how much evil all of us are capable of birthing inside.
As horrible as the act was, it is not an 'unthinkable' act. It is being repeated as we speak all over the world in countries we don't identify with because they look and act different, but the children there are just children and don't know they are different. But they die the same as ours.
That example and others give me comfort. When the evil that is shown so dark it's beyond our comprehension waves 'hey, it's me' at us, it's the only time we act. The horror we feel towards this day and these children is the same horror that wake powerful men up and gets powerful men off their powerful asses and then something powerful happens for good.
Children were slaughtered. So many are surprised. Maybe God is slapping them and saying, "Wake up". People willingly die to save others and we celebrate them as heroes and martyrs. These children died, seemingly, for no reason. I find comfort in that we have a God that uses a horror like this to stir things inside us that may wake us up to all the CT elementary schools in the world, and in that reaction they might have died leaving us a legacy of reason.
Try and find comfort in the fact that we are basically a good people, and we will gather around the grieving and help, and that all it takes is one person in the right powerful position to be moved by this tragedy, and the purpose of saving thousands of children can be born. It's not God's way to intervene, but it is His way to use this to wake us up to His ways.
May the peace of Christ find you and comfort you.
- Lee Goff