I don’t have the vocabulary to express what I want to today. My heart is grieved, as I know is yours.

Tears and groanings are our words today; They are our insufficient prayers.

These children are our children, and so we grieve.

I’m simply repeating here what I wrote after the Aurora shooting a few months ago–amplified with deep mourning and prayers for these precious innocent lives lost, and for the families who will have an empty stocking at Christmas, an empty chair at dinner tonight, and empty beds with stuffed animals that belong in little arms.

In Mere Christianity, CS Lewis describing the Motivation of Evil writes, “None ever did a cruel action simply because cruelty is wrong–only because cruelty was pleasant or useful to him….Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.”

Whatever motivation the shooter had, we know it was parasitic and evil — nothing original, valiant, or special. And therefore we won’t allow him to turn our gaze from the precious lives lost, from our righteous anger, from our grief.

These children are our children, and so we grieve.

Jeremiah 7:30 talks about the sons and daughters of Judah doing evil and defiling God’s house. They burned their own children and did things that the Lord did not command — things which were never on His mind. 
God is sovereign and omniscient. But, He does not intend for this type of evil to occur. Injustices like this tragedy are offensive to Him. He is grieved. 

These children are His children, and so we grieve. 

We ask questions and we get angry. We pray without knowing the right words. 

May the brokenhearted and innocent be comforted by the God who is grieving with them. 
As we pray for the suffering families–mommies, daddies, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends– I leave you with this Benedictine Blessing: 
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths,and superficial relationships, 
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, 
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, 
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, 
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

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