Like many people around the country, I cried and sobbed furiously on Friday. On Saturday, I couldn’t take the political pundits and talk show hosts. I deleted every news app on my iPhone. It was just too much.
Sarah was right about not putting faith in politicians or political pundits. I had put faith in the wrong place–her. Today’s post gave a wake-up call. I now put my faith in God, the only hope that we have today.
Sarah talked about having a child-like faith. What people don’t know about me is that I’m kind of the same way now. How can a person take down 6 adults and 20 precious children? I don’t know. I don’t have the answer to that.
I cling to what I know, and that is God. God always brings the good out of evil. I know there’s a Bible verse for that, but I don’t remember it. But somehow in the process I thought Sarah was the amazing one. How wrong I was! Sarah is only me, and I am her. We are equals in Christ. She just happens to live in Alaska and do some amazing cool things, but Jesus turned water into wine. Way better miracle in my opinion.
I pray for Newtown. I pray for the families. I love you all. I also pray for the gunman. As Jesus said of the Romans nailing Him to a tree, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. I believe the gunman was sick, very sick, just as I was. He wasn’t in his right mind. I pray for him because I think Jesus would love him as well.
Thank you Sarah for waking me up. I should have known better. Putting you up on a pedestal was the wrong thing to do. I ask for your forgiveness, dear sister in Christ. I realize now you can’t solve the world’s problems. Only God can.
And Sarah? I think we are more alike than I thought. I am not yet 20 but my soul is 10 and shall remain 10. I see the world as innocent but broken. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” This world is broken, but there are hidden paths of light that shine out from the cracks of darkness. I know, after your status was written, you understand that too.
I’ve a simple prayer for you, Sarah.
Thank you God for using Sarah as an instrument to Your Glory. You are to be praised above all other names. You are our Counselor, our Redeemer, our Lord of Lords, our King of Kings. Please comfort those families of which evil has befallen them. Tell them that all is not lost. After all, their children are in the safest place of all–heaven, with You.
“Love is patient, love is kind…” I Con. 13