Yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry was rather upsetting. For me to write. And, for some to read.
In today's Windsor Star (WS), on the front page, this article was posted, entitled: Broken Hearts http://www.windsorstar.com/broken+hearts/7704285/story.html
This was the story printed about the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, where a gunman entered the school and shot people.
When I wrote yesterday's entry, numbers of people shot and some other information had not yet been confirmed.
As per the WS, a total of 28 people were killed. 20 children, plus 6 adults who were in the school, and the shooter himself, who died there. In addition, the shooter's mother was found murdered in her home.
Although the WS article does not mention this, I heard elsewhere yesterday, that there was also one (1) person injured. Indeed, all involved in the school as well as others, suffered trauma that may stay with them, for many years to come.
Adam Lanza, 20 years old, was confirmed to be the shooter, who died at the school. Apparently, he was carrying his 24 year old brother's identification on him, so at first this was confusing to those who were in charge of giving information relating to this crime.
On Facebook (FB), people from USA, Canada and other countries in the world were asking, 'what can be done about this?'. To which most people replied with ideas referring to gun control, etc. Some even commented, 'nothing'.
I beg to differ. There is something that can be done.
Of course, nothing will change the current situation. What was done, was done. No changing that.
But, there is something that we Christians can do. We can pray.
We can pray that it is God's will to not have tragedies like this occur, again. We can pray that it is God's will that He be restored into the school systems that generations ago removed Him. And, more.
One of my FB friends L, who lives in Missouri (MO), USA, told me that in her area, the school system is in the process of restoring God into the schools! Praise God for this!
As I mentioned yesterday, had this fellow who was the shooter, been a child of God, this horrible situation might never have happened.
We, as Christians need to be praying that God will be restored into school systems, everywhere, including here in Canada. Why do I say, we Christians and not just we people?
God's Word, the Bible, teaches that God does not have to hear the prayers of unbelievers. But, He does hear the prayers of His Children.
God told us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Yes, brothers and sisters in the Lord, we who are called by God, need to humble ourselves and pray. We need to seek His face. We need to repent or turn from our wicked ways. Then, the Lord will hear from heaven, forgive the sin and heal our lands.
This promise from God makes no reference to unbelievers, because as I previously stated, He doesn't have to hear any prayer from unbelievers, from those who do not belong to Him.
So friends, I pray that those of you who are born-again Christians, will do exactly that. Humble yourself, pray, seek His face, and repent or turn away from any sin. Then, and only then, will our lands be healed.
May God wrap His loving arms around those who were affected by this sinful tragedy. May many come to Christ, and be saved for all eternity. After all, God uses everything in our lives, even the bad stuff, to lead us to Him.
Until next time...
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