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Standing in Solidarity

We have our television almost constantly tuned to the news. My parents watch it in the morning while they get ready, and I always watch it a little before I head off for my day, as well. I watch the news with my mother at night while dinner is being prepared and after dinner. I wake up the next morning, and it happens again.

Not many people my age regularly watch the news, and it’s one of the many things I’m thankful that my parents taught me to do. The world is changing, becoming ever more depraved and dark as we move forward in the years. To take Megyn Kelley’s words, America looks very different than it did thirty years ago. Keeping up on events is more important than ever.

Even in light of this, however, imagine my surprise when I turned on the news to find that twenty-six people are dead. Twenty of them are children.

I cried. Immediately. I love children so much. To me, they are the world’s greatest hope. The values that we instill in the minds of our children are the ones that are going to continue on long after we’re done. Children have always been a huge part of my life, and the idea that anyone would willfully hurt even a single child makes me feel ill.

The number of shootings in the last few years has risen drastically. It seems like this year, especially, there have been more shootings than ever. This is the second shooting this week – first at an Oregon shopping center, and now nearly an entire kindergarten class.

The only thought running through my mind is why.

There is so much debate these days about gun control. I myself am a very firm believer of the second amendment – that the citizens of this country have the right to buy and bear arms to protect their life, liberty, and prosperity. There are many people who disagree with me, and I’m sure many more that will disagree with me in light of these recent events.

Today I will not fight with those who disagree with me. Today, I will take their hands and stand in solidarity and urge everyone to realize that politics have no place in the conversation today. Today is about standing in the gap for all those involved in the shooting – especially for the parents of the children who were killed and the children who had to witness such a horrific event.

Listening to the several children that the news stations have talked to this morning fills me with grief. It would be terrifying to go through this as a twenty-year-old. To go through this as a child of eight, as the child that is speaking now is, breaks my heart. “I was really scared. Everyone around me was shaking.” What eight-year-old should have to have witnessed this?

I took a break from writing and merely cried for a while longer after I wrote the above, and I think there are many people around me who feel the same way. Grief is natural at a time like this, especially in the light of the innocence that was stolen this morning. How we move forward past the grief is important.

My largest comfort in times of grief is the Lord. Many people say that there is no God – how could there be if He allows things like this to happen? But it is tragedies like this that convince me even more of the existence of my Savior, because a moment of silence can fill me with peace and comfort more than a word from anyone else can.

One of my very favorite hymns is entitled “What a Friend we have in Jesus”. We started singing it a while ago at my church, and I’m always comforted by the sweet and simple words of this beautiful hymn. Keep these sweet children in your thoughts and their families in their prayers, but remember this: today, twenty beautiful children get to sit with Jesus and rejoice with him forever.

What a Friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge,
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to
Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there
will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship
will be our sweet portion there.

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