Monday, December 17, 2012

Prayers for Sandy Hook Elementary

As a teacher and mother of a 7 year old, I am still trying to process the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday, December 14, 2012.  I wondered how I was going to talk to my students about it today. How am I going to talk to my 7 year old about it?
As I read my devotion this morning, it made me realize that I find myself asking Why God? a lot more than I should... Who am I to question Him anyway?
Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life - a Daily Devotional 
 Why We Ask 'Why?'

Do you ever find yourself in a tragic situation and asked God, 'Why? Why is this happening to me?'

For one moment, let's imagine that God actually answered that question. Would His explanation change anything? The effects of the tragedy would still be with you, and the pain would be just as severe as it was before. What would you have learned?

When we ask God that question, I think the real questions we're asking are: 'God, do You love me? Will You take care of me in my sorrow and pain? You won't leave me alone, will You?' Is it possible that, because we're afraid God doesn't truly care about us, we ask for explanations?

Instead, we must learn to say: 'Lord, I believe. I don't understand, and I'll probably never grasp all the reasons bad things happen, but I know for certain that You love me and are with me, always.'

I believe it often takes more faith to go through something victoriously than to be delivered from it. Put your faith in God and you'll come out stronger on the other side.

Prayer Starter: God, I believe in You, even when circumstances try to fill my mind with doubt. Help me to remember Your love for me and to put my faith in You, no matter what happens. 
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 NIV
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

 Please take a minute and pray for the families to find peace and healing through God's love.  

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