“Horrified” is the first word that comes to mind. The parents, friends, and family of those children and school personnel are to be remembered in prayer for the rest of our lives. Today will be a day that is not soon forgotten. The cries of hurting mothers, fathers, siblings, and dear friends will haunt our nation for decades to come. Every day of their lives they will wonder what happened, why, and how it could have possibly happened to them.
The sick depravity of a mind that would do something like this is beyond me. Romans 1:28-31 describes a society where the lack of Godly moral standards leads downward to a path of unmentionable sin and horrific tragedy. Such is the society in which we live. A “depraved mind” is what Paul calls it. Look up “depraved” in a thesaurus and you will see this:
“corrupt, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased, immoral, unprincipled; debauched, dissolute, licentious, lecherous, prurient, indecent, sordid; wicked, sinful, vile, iniquitous, nefarious; warped, twisted, sick.”
All of these words describe the mind of a man who would walk into an elementary school and open fire on young children. Somehow, he had justified this action in his own warped mind. And now, somehow, we have to make sense of it in ours. The human condition is dire. Lost in sin and hopeless without God.
In our desperate condition and horrified bewilderment, let us remember that God is our Rock. The Most High God is our Redeemer. (Ps. 78:35).
Psalm 46 is our meditation and prayer:
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
(Psalm 46:1-5 ESV)
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
(Psalm 46:10-11 ESV)
Grace, grace, and more grace…
Peace, peace, and more peace,