My wife is amazing. She somehow manages to straddle the worlds of pediatrics and pastor’s wife. She is a wonderful friend, a devoted mother, and a very good writer. This morning, as she dropped our daughter off at school for the first time after the Newtown, CT shootings, she jotted down some thoughts. Mostly a personal therapeutic exercise, I thought her words would benefit a wider audience. May her thoughts steer a hurting world towards the only source of hope we have!
Anyone who knows my little five year-old Anna Grace knows what a sweet and vibrant child she is. She is all kisses and giggles and snuggles. She is pure joy. As I have watched the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting over the past few days, I have been overwhelmed with sorrow. As the victims’ faces and stories have been told on screen and online, I have wept over and again at the thought of precious children – like my sweet Anna Grace – being murdered in such a way. I have been overwhelmed in a way that I never have been before. I’ve contemplated evil and human nature and mental illness, and I’ve read dozens of comments and blogs and articles on such. And I’ve come to conclude this… Our world is broken. We cannot legislate gun control and better mental healthcare and fix this. It’s everywhere. Brokenness is the rule, not the exception. There are not enough psychiatrists in the world to fix the problem. But here is the reality – even if there were… they couldn’t fix us. Only a holy and righteous God can. That is the message of the Bible – a broken world in need of a Savior. And the marvelous story of Christmas…. God sent us a Savior!!!!! The problem is, most of us don’t think we are broken, don’t think we need saving, think we can fix ourselves on our own. And then a shooter walks into a small-town school and assassinates 6 year-olds. And we are reminded – we can’t fix ourselves. This Christmas, I will celebrate the Savior’s birth with a deeper appreciation of its meaning. And I will recommit to live my life on purpose – with a message of a God who can, and will, make all things right – who “so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”