Heartbreaking news is rolling in from Connecticut, where a school shooting has left many people—including children—dead.
Like everyone else, I’m struggling to process this news, and with details still emerging, it seems unwise to offer much commentary. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do:
- Pray. And pray some more. Pray without ceasing.
- If you need help trying to understand how such evil can exist (and who doesn’t?), see Lee Strobel’s message “Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?” (about the Aurora, CO shootings earlier this year) and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ reflection on violence and the Bible (about the Sikh temple shootings in August).
- When discussing this latest tragedy, refrain from getting caught up in the same old political arguments about gun control or other hot topics. (There will be plenty of time to discuss those important subjects later.) Ephesians 4:29 says it best: “Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say.”
But most of all—let’s join together to pray for the survivors, for the grieving families, and for the entire community.