I am reminded of these words today “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4) As the reality of the shootings in Newtown Ct. rose with the sun this morning feelings of anger, remorse, sadness, and yes,fear entered the hearts of this nation. As we try and wrap our minds and hearts around this tragic event, questions will come. The words above reveal some incredible insight on how to walk through these dark times.
1. There will be valleys of death
The reality of life is that life can be dark at times. It is difficult to understand but God told us in these words that we will go through times of death, even senseless death.
2. We are to walk through
We are told that even though we “walk through” the valley… this is important as you lead those around you. Take time to mourn, pray, remember but also move through the process. Do not sit in this tragedy but be strong and realize that today came and tomorrow will come.
3. Do not fear
This event can cause so much fear and darkness. We are not to fear. For greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world or the one who pulled the trigger.
4. He is with you
All this is possible because He is with us. God is walking through with you. You do not have to fear because God is here. We do not have to do this alone.
As we live in a time where God is not invited into the hallways, classrooms, and cafeterias of our schools He is there nonetheless! He has promised to never leave us and never forsake us. Be encouraged that God is on our side and as He is for us no one can be against us. He is needed now more than ever.
Our prayers and thoughts go to the families of those who died and the community of Newtown, Ct.