It has been a very busy week in our house. Sean’s semester ended and we celebrated that. We have been enjoying our Christmas traditions and preparing for Christmas.
This weekend my sister’s family endured a tragedy. While everyone is mourning the deaths of the children and adults in CT, there are families all over the world suffering through equally tragic deaths of their loved ones. I received a call at 6:00 in Saturday morning from my sister telling me of a house fire that took the life of her mother in law’s long time boyfriend. Her MIL barely escaped with her life, wearing only the clothes on her back. We are very thankful that her MIL is alive but are grieved at the death of her long term boyfriend and my nieces and nephews Grandpa. Knowing that God has numbered our days is reassuring, but it is hard to see loved ones hurt, especially during a season that is all about family. The excessive news coverage of the shootings only reinforced that God had indeed numbered our days.
Many have asked why this tragedy could happen. I am really sick of that question on so many levels. I don’t know why we are surprised that someone would kill children. Every day thousands of pre-pre-pre-pre-kindergarteners are killed before they are born. We as a country have found it acceptable to put a “woman’s right to choose” above the baby’s right to live. We are a country, as a whole, that finds it acceptable to do what is right in our own eyes. We find it acceptable to call sin right. The truth is that we are sinners in need of a savior. As I hear the news coverage, I think of John 3, but don’t stop at verse 16, keep reading.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
I don’t have the answers, but I know that God’s Word does have all that we need for all things. I will continue to trust Him for all things.
I have seen many local stations promoting how to help the people in CT. While nice, I want to challenge each of you to make prayer for those in CT your first priority. Then, instead of doing something for those who mourn in CT, I challenge you to find something to do for someone locally. Donate a toy (preferably not a stuffed animal) to a local homeless shelter, battered women’s shelter, Toys For Tots program, or even your local church. Make an extra plate of goodies for a single man. Buy some school supplies for your local school. Write a letter/card to a soldier who is serving overseas. If you don’t know any, there are organization that you can send the letters to and they will distribute them. Donate your old glasses to the Lion’s Club. Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru. Give a child who is behaving in the store $1. Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant. Take a shut in a meal. Smile as you go about your day. Compliment a Mom and/or Dad as they are shopping with their kids. Let someone in the traffic line. Don’t honk your horn at the person who butts in the traffic line. Donate blood. Send a card to someone who has blessed you this week. Send an encouraging note to someone who has annoyed you this week. Call someone you have not talked to for awhile.
On your marks.