Friday, 14 December 2012

CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS




(AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there earlier today.  28 people are reported dead, 20 of them reported to be children. Christian writer Max Lucado blogged this prayer a couple of hours ago, it's one prayer that we can all 'Amen' in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

 IN THE SHADOWS

Dear Jesus,


It's a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.


These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated. 


The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod's jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.


Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mum into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.


Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won't you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger. 


This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.


Hopefully,
Your Children