Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I was going to write more about my attendance at my real estate board's gala. However, with today's heartbreaking news, I decided to not do so, today.
As you are probably aware, there was a devastating thing that happened in Newtown, Connecticut, USA.
A school shooting occurred.
As per this link for The Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/at-least-27-killed-in-connecticut-school-shooting/article6366987/, the shooter was a 24 year old male. It is confirmed that he is dead within the school.
The gunman was from Newtown, and his mom was a kindergarten teacher, in the school. As per the television newscasts currently being aired, his mom may have not been at school.
Police are making arrangements to enter his mom's home. Apparently, it appears that there is a body in the house. It may possibly be his mom.
Actually, I just heard that there are two (2) bodies in the house.
Hearing all this broke my heart.
Tears flowed. Prayers went up to heaven.
What a terrible thing, for anyone to do. It matters not, why it happened; his motive is irrelevant.
The fact is, there are many who have been affected by this tragedy. Many will suffer for the rest of their lives, from the trauma.
Many may have physical ailments, as a result. And, of course, many have children who have lost their lives, earlier than parents and other family members ever dreamed was possible.
To me, this happening is just one more piece of evidence that God is not first and foremost in the hearts of the majority of people.
As I wrote yesterday, God commanded us to have no other gods before Him. His desire is for us to have enough love, respect and commitment to Him, to put God first in our lives.
Did the shooter do this? Absolutely, not.
Every time something like this happens, I am reminded how awful it was that God was removed from schools. In USA, and here in Canada, too.
God may have given us freewill to elect to follow Him, or not, but without God in the school systems, it proves that those who have not come from committed Christian homes, really truly have no way of getting to know the God of the Bible. The one who created heaven and earth. And, the one who sent His only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on a wooden cross for the sin of all who will believe.
I can only wonder how many people came to know Jesus, through God being in the school systems, previously. However, the fact remains that if people do not learn about Him, they do not follow Him.
The Bible teaches that there will be more and more of heartbreaking things that happen, here in our world. Especially, the closer we get to Jesus coming in the sky, but not to earth, to call His church up to heaven. Commonly called in our generation, the rapture.
Yes, God told us in many Bible verses that awful things will happen.
One that came to mind was Matthew 10:21, "And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death."
While it is not yet confirmed whether or not the shooter's mother was murdered in her home, and if so, whether or not it was by him, it seems highly likely.
No matter how sad this occurrence is, and no matter how heartbroken we feel, we who know God's Word, and read and believe what our Bible teaches, understand that these things will happen. Hopefully, not to me. And, hopefully, not to you. But, it will happen.
Please join me in prayer for all who have been affected by this heartbreaking tragedy.
Please pray for those who were injured, physically and/or emotionally. Pray for the families of all those affected, as there will be much to deal with in their lives. And, of course, pray for the families of those who were murdered.
Nothing more can be done.
It's too late to pray for those who are dead. Contrary to some religious beliefs, the Bible teaches us that those whose lives were lost, will either spend eternity in Heaven, or in Hell. There's no middle road. And, prayer cannot move people into heaven.
Only those who were trusting/believing in Jesus, will spend eternity with our Lord, in heaven. The rest, will spend eternity in Hell, unfortunately.
One thing I am convinced can be done, is that we believers can pray that God will be restored into the school systems. In my opinion, this is the only way that those who are being raised in non-Christian environments, can get to know Him.
May God bless the person who turned on the sound system, so that teachers could be alerted that there was a problem, and try to protect their students and lock up their classrooms. It was just announced that the shooting was contained to one section of the school, in two (2) rooms.
Yet, 26 people are confirmed dead, and one (1) person injured.
It may or may not have been the principal, who was murdered, who opened the sound system. Whoever did this, I pray that person is/was saved, and may that person be blessed by God.
If not for this, many more lives would have been lost. Sigh...
Ultimately, God's will is always done.
Until next time...
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