Hold Your Babies Close

Today when I found the out the shocking news of what happened in CT, I was overwhelmed with grief. My thoughts, tears & prayers are with those families who have empty arms today. I know I will be snuggling Sweet Baby close today. Some wonder where was God in all this? But what I say to you is: we pushed God out of our schools. We pushed Him out of our government and now we wonder where is He?

I had no words of my own so I choose to share with you some words from Karen Kingsbury:

“Tears streaming down my cheeks. The horror of today’s evil is beyond words. At Christmastime – as we fall to our knees in grief – we are reminded of the reason Jesus came to us at all.

We have asked God to leave our nation. We cannot be surprised at the result.
Examples: 

In Washington yesterday a man was sued because his yard sign read, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”.

In Times Square, 60 miles from today’s shooting, atheists have paid to post a legal “hate crime” mocking Jesus in images three stories high. Calling Jesus a myth.

Now this.

Please … if you are reading this post … be part of the solution today. Speak the name of Jesus. Cry out to Him. Commit to serve Him and your neighbors in love and truth. We cannot define our own happiness. Only Jesus has the answer.

Only Jesus.

Please … listen to this song by my friend Matthew West. Pray for those with empty arms tonight. Pray for your families. Pray for our nation. Take a minute and let your tears fall.

A classroom of kindergartners? God help us … Jesus help us. 

Please … post your words of love and healing, your prayers … your cries to Jesus here.”

And from Greg Laurie:
“It’s Christmas time.
Parents bundle up their children for another day at school before Christmas vacation starts in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut.
There’s shopping to do,errands to run before they pick them up.
Then the worst imaginable scenario takes place.
A young man walks into a Sandy hook elementary school and begins shooting.
When the horror finally stops 20 children and 7 adults 
have been shot and killed.
This is just heartbreaking.

What can be said at a time like this?
The experts will opine on why this happened.
All I can say is this was pure evil.
The heartlessness and wickedness of this man that did the shooting is really unimaginable

I know from personal experience that the pain of losing a child is a fate worse then death for a parent.
At times like this we must reflect on the essential message of Christmas which is Immanuel has come.
Immanuel means God is with us.

I know God is there ready to bring His comfort to those grieving right now in Connecticut.
I know He is here right now to bring comfort to all of us who are heartbroken to hear such news.

At times like this we need perspective.
An eternal perspective.

We need to remember this life on earth is not all there is.
There is an afterlife and there earthy wrongs are righted.
There is a final judgment for this man and others like him that commit these heinous crimes and they will have to face God.

There is also great safety for those beautiful children who I believe are all in Heaven right now resting in the arms of Jesus.
No harm will come to them again.
Jesus said Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mat 19:14 )

And there is comfort available to their parents who are in the deepest valley of pain and grief right now.
Yes,even at time like this there is hope.
The hope is this-
If that parent will put their trust in Jesus Christ as savior and Lord they can have the assurance they will see their dear children again.

As King David said when his child died” I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”(1 Sam.12:23)

In the business of this season I hope we all will take time to count our blessings.
To let our children know that we love them and not take them for granted.
And I hope that we will remember that Jesus is there,Immanuel.
He will bring His comfort to us as we trust in Him.”

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