It is with the heaviness of heart that is being felt everywhere across this nation that I am beginning this blog entry. In light of the tragic events of last Friday it is necessary to mark this loss, to recalibrate our hearts outwards, and to join with those who mourn. We are all struck by the innocence of the young victims and the heroism of the teachers and administrators who died defending the children they served. Today, as children around the country return to classrooms, let's remember those who are lost:
Robbie Parker, the father of Emilie, gave a moving tribute to his daughter, and extraordinarily expressed sympathy for the perpetrator's family. As Christians we believe that as difficult as it may be this is the response we are called to and so we ask that you would join with us in praying for the victims, their families, and the Lanza family.
In the midst of heart wrenching tragedy, we are grateful that our God is one who suffers little children to come to Him and one who "binds up the brokenhearted." We ask that His promise of peace descend on those affected by this tragedy. "But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."