Newtown, CT.

On Friday, December 14th, A gunman shot and killed 20 six and seven year old children, six educators, and his mother in Newtown Ct. Where is God?

Like the rest of the country, I grieve. I hurt. I am angry. I am sad. I am in disbelief. I struggle to find words of comfort for anyone that wants to talk about this. About the only thing I can say is, I don’t wonder where God is. Sadly, I don’t know how convey my feelings that God is very close to all of us. I don’t want to sound like a smell good, look good, talk good Christian, or sound like this is the wrath of God either. I do know that God will not waste this hurt. And at the end, even things in all of this will bring God glory.

The comforting hand of God is on the nation, as we all morn. The random acts of kindness, love, and compassion being showered on Newtown in their time of need, I want to believe, is God at work. At least that is how I feel. I don’t have scripture to back any of it up. Its just how I want to believe.

I ask you all to pray, and ask God for the direction of the country, in regards to gun laws, mental health issues, and how we as a nation can come together to help prevent things like this happening again. It’s not just one issue, it’s a combination of several. I know that God has the perfect answer.

I also ask you to pray for not only the families of the victims, but for everyone involved. From the first responders, and the media, to the trash man working a little longer this week. I can’t think how I would react as a photojournalist. I have seen the haunting images of emotional trama. I am sure this affects the photographer that took the shot as much as everyone who sees. So if you get a chance, also pray for the people we never think about.

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