A lesson from Newtown, CT

Two things before I begin this post…

First, my condolences to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. The tragicloss of life of so many children and adults is both incomprehensible and reprehensible. Although there is no way to empathize with the grief of those families who have lost loved ones, my prayers are with this small community.

Second, this post is not an attempt to politicize an issue. I am merely expressing my own personal thoughts and reflections that stem from such a sad tragedy.

Like many, I watched President Obama’s speech in regards to mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I was moved as I witnessed our leader wiping away tears as he spoke. It is good to know that such events move our national leaders. It brings to light that at the end of the day political divisions are secondary to the wellbeing of our neighbors and our communities.

The President stated these words (taken from the Washington Post):

The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

This type of lament is not only justified, it is the utter essence of compassion. We mourn the loss not only of life, but of unrealized potential. These children (as well as the adults) had their futures ahead of them, futures which will not be unrealized because of the heinous act of one lone gunman.

I would like to make clear that this same sentiment is what I feel when it comes to the topic of abortion.

Through 2008, there have been over 54,000,000 abortions in the United States (source). All of these babies were also killed while having their entire lives ahead of them. They too had birthdays, graduations, weddings, and kids of their own to celebrate. They too had destinies which were literally taken from them by the decisions of others.

As we try and process this tragedy in Connecticut and how heinous this act is, I can only imagine at how God feels as he witnesses countless others murder the precious lives of innocents for reasons which may seem more reasonable or rational, yet whose end is still the same.

I grieve for these 20 children and six adults who were murdered. I also grieve for the countless millions of little children who everyday have their lives terminated because of abortion.

“A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”  -Matthew 2:18