Advent: Praying for the Families of Newtown, Connecticut

grief-largeHere’s something that happens all the time and makes no sense at all: Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people.” (Ecclesiastes 8:14, Message and NCV)

Yesterday, I reflected on the longing Advent was creating in me for Christ’s second coming.  The very presence of evil in this beautiful world we live in makes us and creation long for Christ’s appearing.  Sometimes I write rapidly and upon review, I delete thoughts that detract or are unnecessary to the subject addressed.  Yesterday, I deleted a couple of paragraphs I wrote about the slaughter of the innocents.  Herod had his minions murder the boys of Bethlehem two years old and younger.  We can’t understand the intense deep pain, anger and weeping of unconsolable parents who experienced a depth of pain and powerlessness like those in Connecticut have experienced today.  Even the moon seems to mourn tonight barely giving off any its light.

Although, hopefully, none of us will never experience that we can identify with them in prayer.  Never underestimate the power of deep intercessory prayer.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you weep and mourn for these families.  Ask to experience the pain so that you might linger in prayer for them and the deaths of their children.  Ask Him to help you wrestle in prayer; for those who mourn that they will be comforted.

This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.” (Ephesians 6:12, GW)

Terrible things happen to good people and even innocent children because sin is in the world.  This was not the will of God.  This was the will of man filled with darkness.  Although we know very little about the killer, we know that what he did was evil.

Grief with hope for the children!  For they assuredly are in the presence of God.  Let your children know they are with their heavenly Father!  Teach your children to love God.

Do not fear!  Teach your children to not fear.  For Christ has overcome.  Evil has been conquered.  Even though it seems death seems to be gripping people all over the world, remember Christ has risen.  We live because Christ lives and today is ours by his grace.  What tomorrow brings no one knows, but we will welcome the day by faith!

Hold your family close tonight.  Love your friends.  In a few minutes our board and their will join us for Christmas dinner at our home.  I will hug them and treasure our evening together.

Later tonight my oldest son will arrive and I will welcome him home.  Next week my youngest son arrives home from college.  I will not waste a moment of life with them.

I will worship Christ our Lord and Savior this Sunday with Woodland Church.  By grace once again my life will be blessed to preach His Holy Word.

But I will not stop praying for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, Connecticut.

For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.” (Ephesians 6:13, GW)



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