Monday, December 17, 2012

O Little Town

I think most of us have been shocked and appalled by the recent shooting rampages that people have recently resorted to in an attempt to express their rage and disappointment in their lives.

Friday's tragedy in Connecticut cemented the thought, at least in my mind, that there is something very wrong in our world and country.

I'm not sure what it takes to motivate a person to walk into a school and open fire on innocent children, but I know that it is evil.

In this season of Advent, the tragic events of this past Friday can make us question the hopes and expectations we carry in our hearts one week before Christmas, the day we celebrate the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.

The families who lost children, spouses and parents last week have a long journey ahead. We can only pray that God will comfort and carry them through this time.

I know with a certainty, however, that no matter what events take place in this broken world, God is with us. These events, as horrific as they are, are not new. Particularly in this season, I remember the massacre of the children in Bethlehem as Herod sought to kill the child who's reign was to supplant his own.

God's plan to save the world through his son Jesus was not, is not, and never will be deterred by the actions of humans.

One day, we will all be reunited with those who have gone before us: whether they were cut down in tragedy or died after a long, productive life.

God's plan to save us from ourselves is still in place and being put into action.

This coming week, 'the hopes and fears of all the years' will be met and conquered by the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. In Him, we can find comfort, peace, and salvation no matter how horrific and confusing the circumstances are in which we find ourselves.

-Chesney Szaniszlo