I watched the news early Saturday morning and late Saturday night about the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and read most every news service available. The shooter killed 20 children and six adults–all women and children. The children were all 6 or 7 years old.
This is a very sad day in America. To me, it feels almost as hard as 9/11 even though the reasons for the shootings are very different.
What should we do on this sad Sunday?
First, we should pray. We should obviously pray for these families that have lost their children. We should also pray for all of these traumatized children and parents. We should pray for parents in Connecticut and parents in your hometown as well as law enforcement personnel and school personnel all over the country.
But we should pray for more than that. We should pray for revival in America, beginning in our own lives. We should pray as Jesus told us to pray: “. . .your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. . . And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6: 10-13).
Second, we should seek God. We all know we have left God. We know our children have little contact with God but pressure on every side from Satan and demonic influence. Can America survive if we don’t seek God? Isn’t it ironic? Teachers and children prayed in Sandy Hook Elementary School as they waited to be rescued. Of course they did. President Obama quoted Scripture in his remarks.
In times of tragedy we turn to God; in times of ease, we ignore God. By ignoring God, we expel Him from our lives.
Third, we should resolve to live for God so that our children can see Him in us. If our children don’t see God in us, they will assume He doesn’t matter. Children learn what you do. They have little concern for what we say but don’t live.
Finally on this sad Sunday, we should worship our king and rejoice in the coming of our Savior. Christmas is our hope. Thank God for the coming of Christ.
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