Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Lone Survivor

It is not unusual for children to visit the world of make believe. Their minds brim with imagination, and creativity. But, who would ever imagine that their lives could depend on it. When Adam Lanza brought his reign of terror to Sandy Hook elementary school, he forced one little girl to take her imagination to a whole new level. Amid the chaos, and evil, this little 6 year-old girl decided to play dead and save herself from the horrific fate of her classmates. She told her
parents that she was ok, but all of her friends are dead. At that moment, having to paraphrase the turn of events, she lost her innocence. Of the 16 children in her class, this unidentified little girl was the only survivor. As the details of this drama unfold it becomes even more disturbing. On Monday as I heard the names of the children who were the innocent victims of this maniacal mad man's evil scheme, proceeded by " six year old.....", on the radio, it was overwhelming, and appalling, because it made me think about my six year old, and I could not imagine feeling the pain that these parents must be feeling. The idea of a child dying at any age just seems so unnatural that it is almost too surreal to be believed. It's just one of those things in life that simply cannot be put into perspective. We have all had things in our lives that have made us question our place in this world. At times many of us have even questioned the very existence of God. There is no shame in admitting it. We are all flawed, and live with imperfections. But we must never forget that God is still here, and he is still in control. He lives in the fact that there was a child whose instincts kicked in and was able to avoid being another victim. He lives in the fact that there were brave teachers who gave there lives protecting these children, and he lives so that we can be strong enough to face tomorrow.
This road that we walk in life will never be easy but he said that he will never leave us nor forsake us. So to ask where he is, or doubt his existence is blasphemy. If you believe in his word then you have to believe that things could have been a lot worse. He will never put more on us than we can bear. So, what do you do when you've spent countless hours on your knees praying for strength and mercy, and you feel like giving up? You stand on his word, and praise him in spite of, not because of. Remember this battle is not yours! He will always fight for us.


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