Yesterday, several parents experienced a parent’s worst nightmare: the death of their child. A senseless, unprovoked murderous act forever altered these families’ lives.
How is one to cope with this type of tragedy?
Did God abandon these who died?
Couldn’t God have prevented it?
There are no easy answers. There are no answers that will make this horrific situation acceptable.
How does a parent walk through a tragedy like this with your child?
- We grieve with those who grieve.
- We weep with those who weep.
- We call evil what it is and pray for justice to be served.
- We listen to our children’s questions and carefully answer them.
- We understand that this side of eternity there are some questions we cannot answer.
Events like this murder of innocent ones reminds us that nothing makes sense in the mess of this life outside of the grace of God.
Join with me today in prayer for the victims and survivors of the Manchester bombing.
Heavenly Father, how Your heart grieves over this horrible murder of your precious ones. Comfort those whose grief overwhelms them. Bring Your Perfect Peace to each person, each family, and each community impacted by this horrible act. Give Your wisdom to those who are investigating this crime. For those who are treating the wounded, flood them with Your compassion and grace. May they speak words of truth and comfort. For the ministers and pastors who walk with the grieving, may they listen well, speaking only Your Word of comfort. Guard our hearts that we not become embittered by this horrible act. But may we be energized to call what is good, good; and what is evil, evil. Comfort us with Your Presence. Amen.
If you need help, please reach out. I promise to listen without judgment and help you take the next step.