Hold your children a little tighter…


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Hold your children a little tighter.  I heard this statement over and over again with the recent tragedy in Connecticut, and boy did I hold them a little tighter!  As soon as I learned about the shooting, I wanted to race over to my kid’s school, take them home, lock all of the doors and stay inside to ensure they were safe.  If you’re a parent, maybe you felt this same way.  Of course, I didn’t do those things.  Instead, I picked them up from school at the normal time and we stayed home that evening.  We watched a movie and snuggled on the couch, all the while, I was thanking God for them and praying for those families in Connecticut who had lost their children.  I thought about the evil in our world.  Evil actions can strike at anytime, anywhere.  In earthly terms, none of us are safe.  It could happen at the mall, where we work, at our homes, churches, anywhere.  Instead of living our lives in fear, God tells us to be strong and courageous.  He tells us to overcome evil with good.  Our God is sovereign and He never loses control, even in the worst of human circumstances.  With human minds, we can’t make sense of tragedies like the one in Connecticut.   It’s hard to understand how any good could come from such a devastating event, but, as followers of Christ, we believe God is who He says He is.  He is holy, and good.  We trust Him at His word that He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.  I find comfort from Proverbs 3:5 which says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.  Today, let’s say an extra prayer for the families who lost their loved ones in Connecticut.  Let’s pray for God’s peace.  Let’s pray that those families will draw closer to God through this time.  Let’s pray that His name be glorified.  None of us are promised tomorrow…so live the best life you can today and hold your children a little tighter.   Thanks for reading!  ~Joy

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