Each of us is aware of the tragic and horrific massacre of innocent children and adults that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut two years ago. The world paused and mourned the loss of those innocent lives at the hands of someone who had no regard for life at all. It reminds us that we are living in a time where anything can happen at any time. We are living in a world where we must be vigilant at all times to ensure that we do all that we can do to help those around us that need our help. It also reminds us of the gifts that God has given us in our children.
Even those who are not parents can feel the hurt at the loss of innocent children. What should we
do as Christians in response to such a horrible tragedy?The Scripture gives us the prescription–– and that is to pray without ceasing.
I encourage you today to pray. Pray for the families––that instead of preparing and planning for the celebration of Christmas in just a few days, they were planning funerals for their children and loved ones. Pray without ceasing for our children everywhere, who are faced daily with violence and despair all around them. Pray without ceasing for our nation that we will once again be our brother’s keeper and help people who need help before something like this happens again. Because, if we do not––hurt people will continue to hurt people. Pray without ceasing for those who witnessed such horror and will have to live with those images for the rest of their lives.
If you are a parent or in close relationship with any child; today hug them a little tighter and a little longer. Let them know you love and care for them; and as you are hugging them, pray for them.
Even in the midst of such tragedy, we can rest assure that God is still God; and although we may not understand it all right now, God is still in control––and there is still hope. Through it all, no matter what it looks like, I will pray without ceasing; and even in the midst of all of this, I am still sure, “It’s My Year To Get My Thing From My God!”
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY