With rumors of Westboro Baptist church threatening to protest at our schools, I shared my thoughts with my sons Douglas and David regarding God and the tragedy that struck our town. As many of you know, I am not one to attend church on a regular basis- pretty much see the world as one big church that gives us glimpses of God in every smile, sunrise, and star that lights the night.
For me, there is no doubt that God was present – is present- will always be present in our community and throughout the world. The same God who gave us his Son, knowing the hearts of some would guide their hands to crucify.
The same God, who when the followers of Christ huddled together mourning Christ’s death-fearful of the world; sent the Gifts of the Spirit to descend upon them, not erasing their burden, but giving them the strength to move forward.
God was present at Sandy Hook Elementary, not staying the hand of one, but strengthening the spirit of many. Guiding those who protected their students- their children- our children- with no thought to their own safety. And, like those who huddled together fearful of what would become of them, the gifts that come through God’s grace have begun to reveal themselves and will guide us for days to come.
To those who say otherwise, I say, they have a different relationship with God than those who call Sandy Hook and Newtown home. Our God has been with us always and has been cradling us close to His heart since Friday morning and will be in the days to come.
To my Sandy Hook family, May the grace ofGod warm our hearts , sooth our souls, and eventually help us find peace.