Daily Devotion Saturday, December 15th

Saturday, December 15, 2012  Psalm 90; Isaiah 8:1-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 and Luke 22:31-38

Psalm 90 – 1   Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
2   Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. ….

10  The days of our life are seventy years,
or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then their span is only toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away. ….

12  So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.

How do we make sense out of the senseless, anger filled violence of yesterday – the mass killings at a Connecticut elementary school? I don’t think we really can and there are no words to bring real comfort neither to the families who lost loved ones – young children and adults alike nor to us. My heart simply breaks for them.

I end up asking, “Why, God, did you not intervene and somehow stop the violence even before it started? Why do you let this type of thing happen over and over again?” Again, I have no real answer to the questions I end up asking myself, asking God, in the face of such a tragedy. There is a couple of helpful books, they don’t provide the answers, but they do help one face these questions of life.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner and The Lord is My Shepherd: Healing Wisdom From the Twenty-Third Psalm also by Harold Kushner.

Today, may we all unite our voices in prayer for those who lost loved ones yesterday. Pray also for the first responders, the detectives, all the officers involved. Pray also for the pastors who are even now providing pastoral care to the families and congregations. Pray that God, who is the Everlasting One and Almighty One, might raise up his people to provide comfort in the midst of this unbelievable evil. Today, simply pray unto God.

Paul concludes his second letter to the Thessalonians with these words.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 – 16Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.

The peace that Paul is praying for, the peace that God brings to us, is not peace as the world knows it, but is the peace (shalom in Hebrew, eirene in Greek) that passes all understanding.

During this last day of the second week of Advent, may we seek out the hope and peace of God which he sent and sends especially in the face of such evil events of life.

O God, be with the families who lost loved ones, send them people who can sit with them in their unbelievable grief, love them and be quiet with them. Be with the first responders, the officers investigating this unbelievable crime against so many families. Be with the family of the one who committed this crime. Be with the pastors who are even now striving to bring comfort to many. I give thanks that you are God, and ask that you be with all these this day. Amen.

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