O Emmanuel {God is With Us}

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I am sure every blogger in America has blogged something about the tragic events that happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on 12.14.12. I am going to be one of those bloggers. But I am not going to write a whole bunch about because frankly…it is too heartbreaking for me to even think or write about.

Friday was a hard day at work. The other dietitians and I watched a little bit of what was happening on the news, but eventually, we all had to stop watching because it was getting a little too emotional. I have no understanding on why or how someone could go into an elementary school and shoot children. What is even more heartbreaking is that the medical examiner said that the children who were killed had anywhere from 3 to 11 gunshot wounds. Absolutely dreadful. Looking at the list of names of the individuals killed on Friday was difficult. Many of the children that died were about 6 years old. They had their whole lives ahead of them. And their parents didn’t even think twice that the morning they dropped their kids off at school would be the last time they ever saw their children…at least alive.

This morning at church, First West Baptist in West Monroe, was our “Wonder: A Christmas Worship Experience” service. Pastor Avant addressed what happened on Friday and tried to answer questions that people, both believers and non-believers, were thinking. I liked what he said when he addressed the question, “Why would God let this happen?” He basically said that “God did not make this happen. Neither did facebook, video games or bad laws”. What made this happen was our corrupt world and the fact that Satan has worked his way into our society.

Now, as a Christian, I do ask myself why God lets things like this happen, but I know that if we lived in a perfect world and we were all perfect, sin-free robots, we would have no capacity to love or feel empathy for anyone. God gives us trials to live and learn through. And if people are led to Christ through this tragic event, then so be it.

During the service, the children’s choir sang several Christmas carols. It warmed my heart seeing these children, anywhere from ages 4 to 13 singing, and laughing and enjoying themselves. They sang with such joy and it was so awesome seeing them worship the Lord. I got a little teary eyed during their songs, because even though children died in CT and parents are mourning their losses, these kids in front of me still have their lives and they are complete and utter blessings. And though it is sad that innocent children died, I know that they are in a much better place. They are with God in heaven, which is way better than any earthly place.

And like the title of this entry says, God is with us. Among all the suffering and the mourning, God is here for us to run toward.

He is our Comforter, our Counselor, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

XOXO, Danae

days until I’ll be home for Christmas {Break}!


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