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Meditation: A Biblical Hope in Days of Tragedy
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A Biblical Hope in Days of Tragedy

Our family moved to Littleton, Colorado to take a youth pastor position just a few months after the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 where 12 students and 1 teacher were killed. Every student in our group, those who attended Columbine and those who did not, were deeply impacted by this tragedy. Fast forward to 2019. It seems we have a major shooting every few weeks. Just recently 31 people were killed in El Paso and Dayton.

There is no simple explanation for these awful events, but God has not left us in the dark. The Bible has some important words of comfort and wisdom.

First, we can all agree that things are not the way they should be. In the Bible in Romans chapter 8 we learn that sin has brought corruption and “the whole creation has been groaning as in pains of childbirth.” It’s as if creation knows something better is coming and the current “pain” and struggle is temporary.

Second, even though many of us care deeply about suffering, we’re reminded God cares more. Jesus says in Matthew 6 that we should not worry because God even cares for tiny birds. This doesn’t mean we won’t suffer, but just like a good parent God holds us and is with us in our darkest hour. Psalms 23 says “even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death” God will never abandon us.

Finally, when others are suffering, we suffer too. We reflect the love of God best when we walk alongside others as they journey down the road of despair. Romans 12 verse 15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” In real life this means we quietly embrace, sit with, and cry with those going through hell. Therefore, I stand with those in El Paso and Dayton in sadness and prayer, looking forward to the day when God will set everything right once again.

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