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2/18 - Righteous Deeds

. Posted in 2013 Lenten Readings

“The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and his soul hates him that loves violence. On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and brimstone; a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. For the Lord is righteous, he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.” [Psalm 11: 5 –7]

 

What can we say about the tragedy of Newtown, CT.? It certainly was extremely painful for many. It challenged us emotionally, physically, socially and intellectually. We cried, empathized, sympathized, got angry, tried to rationalize, etc. but to no avail.

 

Why? Why so close to Christmas? I’m sure the parents of those children did not want to face Christmas – what was there to celebrate?

 

After going through all the emotional trauma myself, I realized that without the Christ child coming at Christmas, living and witnessing among us, then dying to redeem us, we would not have the opportunity to be rejoined with our loved ones or “behold His [the Lord’s] face” at the end of our lives. Without Christmas there would be no Easter. We need to remind ourselves God lost his only son to a violent death but God, out of love for us, broke those bonds of death with the resurrection of his son so we also can be resurrected.

 

Yes, we were all tested and I’m sure the Lord was not pleased with the violence that took place that day or continues to take place in His world. Yet our response was an outpouring of love and to turn to God in prayer – for the children, the parents, the emergency responders, the community, ourselves and our families, as well as others that were affected in any way. Was there merit in that? I think that response was part of God’s plan.

 

Lord,

Be with us as we experience/face times of wickedness and violence. Comfort us and help us to respond in appropriate ways. Remind us of your love for us. Be with us as we look ahead to the joy of the resurrection when we will be reunited with our loved ones and you. Amen.

Submitted by Linda Morse