Sunday, January 24, 2010

Strength & Hope in Light of Tragedy

Last Tuesday morning when I was driving to work there were 2 things on my mind. One was that I was really glad we had a workday without the students, and the other was that Christ's love would shine through me in all situations that I found myself in. Little did I know that in just a few hours I would face one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with... Little did I know that the community I love would be devestated... Little did I know that people I care about would be in a very dangerous situation... Little did I know that 3 of our precious students would lose their lives that day...

I don't know that we will ever understand what made a man snap and kill 8 people. I don't know that we will ever understand why God allows for such horrible things to happen. I don't know that Appomattox and the hearts of her people will ever truly heal. But, in spite of all of that, I do know several things... I know that God loves us. I know that God feels our pain. I know that God hates sin and evil things. I know that God has a plan for each of our lives. It is those things that I will remind myself and others of. The reminder of God's promises will be what holds us together and gets us through this horrid situation. I'm so thankful for a loving God who is holy and has the ultimate control over all of our lives. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that I don't have to walk through it alone, and that God holds my tomorrows in His hands. So, during these difficult times I will run to my heavenly daddy and ask Him to carry me through my days and be all that I need.