I spent a large part of the day wondering what on earth I could say. Today a horrible tragedy occurred in the town of Newton Connecticut. A young man decided to take over two dozen of lives, many of whom were young children, in a violent shooting at an elementary school. Ultimately the killer took his own life before he could be taken into custody.
In situations like this a lot of people have a lot to say. News broadcasters will devote hours to analyzing why such a horrific thing could happen, what could have been done, what should have been done, but ultimately no words will change what did happen. This was seemingly without purpose or reason, and I don’t profess to hold any special insight or knowledge about this matter.
I am reminded of Job’s friends who, in the face of tragedies that they could not possibly understand, silently offered comfort by their presence.
When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.
– Job 2:11-13
All I can do is pray for all those affected in this tragedy, and hold on to the hope that while we may live in a fallen world, better days are coming. One day all the pain of this life will be but a fading memory. Until that day comes I pray for peace and comfort for those effected, and that we in the body of Christ would be willing and able to do whatever we can, even if that is simply to do nothing but be there for those that need us. In times like this all I can do is offer condolences, prayers, and the hope that this is not how it shall forever be.