God Heals Our Broken Hearts

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Returning home this morning after running errands, all I could think about was holding my boys.  I held on to them tightly, and I told them how much I loved them! Just moments before, I had been driving home and had heard the breaking news report about what had happened in Connecticut; A gunman had entered an elementary school and opened fire!  They suspected 26 people had been slaughtered, 18 of those were kindergartners!

Where do we find reason in an act which reeks of pure evil? How can we make sense of something so senseless? My mind reels… and then I pray.  I pray for those whose lives will forever be changed by this tragedy.  Like many of you, I put myself in the shoes of those parents who are trying to cope with the fact that the little one who they dropped off at school this morning, is now gone.

Faith is so easy when life is going along smoothly.  It’s in these type of days that our faith is tested; that we are surely tempted to ask God, “Why?!”  And when there are no audible answers we must turn to God’s Word, and let Him speak to our broken hearts through the Scriptures, allowing His Holy Spirit minister to us through His living Word.

Psalm 34:18-20 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

While this incident will surely raise political discussions on both sides of the aisle, perhaps today we should instead come together as brothers and sisters, and pray for the heartbreak of this community; for the heartbreak that has spilled into every heart in our country.  While the enemy is surely enjoying the pain that these actions have caused manly families, even in our sadness we still must cling to the truth.  Jesus has these little ones in his arms.  He has won victory over the grave!  And yes, while it is a day of overwhelming sadness, our God is bigger than any heartbreak.  If called upon, He will see all of these families through this most difficult situation.

Pray for our country, tonight.  Pray for healing in the hearts of this Connecticut community.  Pray for peace and healing for the families who are personally affected by this tragedy.  And yes,…hug your kids a little tighter tonight.

Lisa Strnad is a contributing writer/blogger to What’s in the Bible? and Jelly Telly.  She is a homeschooling mom of two, who works independently in Christian media in the areas of writing, promotions and marketing.  She lives with her husband and children in Nashville,TN.  Follow her personal blog posts on www.talkinglikeagirl.blogspot.com

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Elder Rondy
Elder Rondy

Those of us who were spared this tragedy should try our best to comfort, assist, and console the many families who are hurting now. Where do we start? Mrs Lisa suggests we begin with prayer. I totally agree. Nothing can mend a broken heart or ease a troubled mind like the supernatural warmth from a loving God. Also, if some of these families allow the media to publicize a contact address, by all means find out what their needs are and help any way you can. When adversity happens, I've found out that a financial gift works. For others, it could be a well written letter. But, most of all, it's best for them to talk with someone who will listen...so that they can lift that heavy load from their chest...oh yes, and don't forget that all important hug.

Arthur Fischer
Arthur Fischer

have noticed that when these terrible things happen like these killings, people want to balme God or say why did He allow this to happen. My response is that we are to blame! Thats right for from the very beginning God gave us the right to choose and man chose to sin. So this is not something that God is to be blamed for, nor is it something He allowed! God's first intension was for us to have a total relationship with us and we goofed! Remember that the next time mankind does these acts of violence.

Jill Arrington
Jill Arrington

Thank you Lisa for forming this response so well and then for sharing it.

Wendi Sustaire
Wendi Sustaire

Thank you for this post, I have been brokenhearted by the news today, like most of America and I too hugged my children half to death when they got home. And I thinking about this same concept earlier today, it's so easy to believe in God and all good things when life is peachy, but when evil intervenes and innocent, precious lives are taken senselessly, it becomes harder to hold on to the faith that God has it all under control, that Jesus has overcome Death and Satan has already been bested. Reading God's Word is the only true comfort this side of Heaven, you have to remind yourself of His promises and bolster your faith in times of chaos and hurt.