Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Other Side of "Why?"


If you’re a parent or have been around children this is a question that comes up often. 

“Mommy has to go to work.” 
“Mommy has a job so she can make money to take care of you.” 
“Because she loves you and wants to make sure you have the life she wants you to have.” 

You get the picture. 

Then, at any point of our lives, there are incidents of great horror, wonder, or utter amazement that can shatter our being. We can find ourselves at a total loss and practically crying out, “Why?”

On Friday, December 14, 2012 the unthinkable happened at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Someone murdered 20 children and 7 adults. It was horrific, and it still is. 

Humanly, there is just no way to answer some questions. 

There is darkness shrouding the light of this world, and there is often no answer we can spin to justify the actions that come out of this darkness. 

In the middle of inexplicable heartache, answering this question may not result in any comfort at all. In fact, it may just lead us to more despair. 

The Pastor at my Church said it quite well, all anyone will ever remember is if you were there for them and showed sincere love.

We can’t be physically or geographically there for all people hurting, suffering, grieving or asking “Why?” We can pray, and when we’re not praying, we can be shattered into remembering what really matters and that is the people we have in our own life.

Then, perhaps, we can stop and take the time to show them sincere love. 

And then, just maybe, we might find ourselves on the other side of “Why?”

Romans 15:13 (NIV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy
and peace as you trust in him, so that
you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy.

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