I’m sure most of you have heard about the shooting that occurred a few hours ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, CT. My husband texted me telling me about the tragedy so I immediately put on the news and sat down. Hearing what had happened brought tears to my eyes. I don’t know a single person in the state of CT, but I am heart-broken for them. I am especially heart-broken for the families of the victims, and the shooter’s family. This was a K-4 elementary school where many very young, innocent lives were lost.
The shooter was a 24 year old, young man who was originally from New Jersey. This young man went and shot one of his mother, in their home, before going to this school. His mother worked at this school. At the school he took 26 or more lives, mostly innocent babies. They believe the class he took most of the shooting out on was a Kindergarten class. This has not been confirmed yet, though. When I heard this, I sat down and cried. My baby is 5 and in Kindergarten. It hit home way too close. I can’t imagine facing those demons these parents have been faced with. My little girl said a wonderful prayer for those families. It is a shame parents can’t even feel safe sending their children to school these days. It makes me all the more thankful that God has called, and allowed, our family to homeschool. I just don’t know how I could go on living my day to day if faced with something like that. It would only be by the grace of God that I would be able to get out of bed each morning. As the shooting began it was stated that the intercom came on over the school for lock-down and all the children could hear was screaming. Some were placed in ting closets, huddled up so that if the shooter came by he would have no reason for entering the room if no children seemed to be present. Some were immediately ushered out into the hall to get out of the building. As they were lined up on the wall they were told to close and cover their eyes, as to protect their innocent eyes from seeing all the horror that was going on around them. One child witnessed the death of a first grade teacher. Those children will never be the same. I can’t help but think of the horror the teachers felt; the urgency to protect their babies. As a former teacher, I can tell you that teachers love their kids. They feel as if they are their own, and seek to love and protect them. They will do anything in their power to protect them. Over the years many teachers have given their lives to protect their students. It is very courageous, but something no teacher should ever have to do.
Being a 25 year old in today’s society, I can’t help but wonder what in this 24 year old man’s life was so terrible that he had to kill a parent, innocent children and teachers, and possibly even himself. What in his life was so terrible? I have no idea! All I know is that he didn’t have Christ. No matter how terrible a situation may be, Christ can pull you from it and change your life. He must have felt empty and without options in life. I’m not sure what that feels like, but I can imagine it must be a very dark place. I feel sad for him. I feel sad for his family, who lost a child as well, and in such a very sad way.
To add to today’s sadness, it turns out in China a very similar mass killing occurred. A man entered an elementary school and stabbed and killed 33 children.
It puzzles me as to why our society feels our nation is better off without God. Events such as these are only of Satan. How could our nation go through so many terrible events, so many mass murders, and not seek God?! You can seek out as many gun laws you want. In fact, you can ban all weapons, but it isn’t the answer for our society. God is the answer. Just because something is banned or illegal, doesn’t mean it will stop evil. People will always find a way to commit evil acts. The only way is to lead our society in a different way, down a different path. Lead them to God!
Please be in prayer for these families. Please be in prayer for our nation.