Lautermilch, journey, life, tragedy, Newtown, shooting, stress, sorrow, hope, God, Jesus Artist: John Lautermilch

One year ago today our nation was rocked with the news of tragedy; the senseless murders of innocent children.  On this anniversary let us remember and honor these young souls by making a difference in the world.  Simply recalling the event doesn't do justice to the young lives lost.  How does this event, and too many like it around the world, cause me to take positive action?  How can I stop evil by replacing it with goodness?  Can these events cause me to be friendlier to others, to love others, to spread joy and peace to those I know, and to those who are strangers to me.  What can I do today to, in some way, make this world a better place?

Here is my original blog post from a year ago:

Today is a day of such tragedy that there are no wise words or explanations for the families and friends effected.  Most importantly, we need to cling to loved ones, turn to our God, and support each other as best we can.

My faith and relationship with my God offer me comfort and a hope, but it does not explain the "why".  I don't feel it is proper at this time for me to post a detailed discussion on what I mean by the "why", but suffice it to say, I urge you to find the good and the love in your section of the world, and spread it!

Here is a quote that I have used often in my own life as I have reflected on the reasons, the "why", of tragedy.  In my time as a hospital chaplain and counselor I have been witness to societal and personal tragedy in the lives of those to whom I was ministering.  A life lesson I began to learn is that sometimes words fail us, and when that happens all we can do is offer a ministry of presence, simply being with another in silence.  This silent presence binds us to each other in a sense of deep comfort and compassion.  Today, in our silence and reflection, allow this quote from Hanna Hurnard's "Hind's Feet on High Places" to urge you to action rooted in compassion and love.

“Therefore I begin to think, my Lord, you purposely allow us to be brought into contact with the bad and evil things that You want changed. Perhaps that is the very reason why we are here in this world, where sin and sorrow and suffering and evil abound, so that we may let You teach us so to react to them, that out of them we can create lovely qualities to live forever. That is really the only satisfactory way of dealing with evil. Not simply binding it so that it cannot work harm, but whenever possible overcoming it with good.”

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