The terrible massacre of children and adults at the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook School, would be terrible and shocking any time of the year, but it seems extra traumatic at this time of Christmas. The airwaves have been full of reflections on why this has happened. President Obama, and many others have issued calls to do something about it so it never happens again.
As I look at all this my first reaction is to turn away. To not see! But I am praying, “Come Holy Spirit let me see deeply.” As a parent and grandparent of children the age of some of those who were murdered, I am making myself look at the pictures of those grieving parents. That is especially difficult for me because my own son Stephen barely escaped getting killed in a shooting at a YWAM base in Colorado in 2007; he still suffers from post-traumatic stress. Laura I could well have been those grieving parents. I am also praying that I can look at the pictures of Adam Lanza. That one is hard too because I have seen that look in other young people who are lonely, alienated and disturbed. I have also seen it in those who are mentally ill and/or demonized.
At first I am hopeless in the face of such evil and despair, but I am asking the Holy Spirit to let me see. To see deeply, because out of seeing is often born truth as well as vision for how Jesus is calling us to be a part of His answer to such evil in the world. In seeing we may be led not into a pietistic retreat but into the world, cooperating with Jesus Christ in overcoming evil.