Moving Forward after a Tragedy

tearI can’t even try to understand nor comprehend all of the tragedies of this world.

Reading the news of the kids and teachers shot in Connecticut made my heart break. How is this possible? Kindergarteners? I keep crying for the parents, grandparents and friends of the lives that were lost. I go back and forth between being anger and despair every time I even think or hear a new story on this tragedy … but then this spark of hope rises up inside of me.

It is so uplifting to see on Facebook all the prayers lifting up the children at the school and everyone involved. My mind quickly remembers my brother, Joshua Catt, a police officer. He was shot in the line of duty on January 1, 2012. They have a tough job. I know it must have been hard on the police that were first on the scene. I can’t even imagine. I keep praying for all the officers involved and teachers, the list of who this affects goes on and on.

One facebook status caught my attention: What would this world be like without the “GREAT I AM”! WOW! I immediately put my headphones on and this scripture came to mind – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. {Ephesians 6:12}

There was a person that physically carried out the shootings, but the powers of darkness are really the ones that planned and carried out this scheme. I don’t know about you, but that fires me up! I want to take this hurt and make this into something good in my own life.

#1- I am thankful beyond words that I am delivered and saved from those powers of darkness.

#2- It makes me what to pull out my sword (God’s word) and stand in the gap for all those suffering and hurting and stand guard over their hearts!

#3- It makes me want to sing praises to the GREAT I AM at the top of my lungs –  calling heaven down to earth.

O God, listen to my cry!
  Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth,
 I cry to you for help
 when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge,
 a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
 safe beneath the shelter of your wings! {Psalms 62:1-4}

When times get hard, this is my heart’s response! I am fighter! I stand for my family! The generational curses the enemy tries to carry on down the family chain stops at my front door! The dark powers of this world will NOT influence my children! I will not allow the enemy to deceive me or my family! My God brings a wall of protection, peace, and love around my family! So I know in this world there will be trials. I get it. But I will stand BOLDLY at the front of my family and say GAME ON! I know my God will turn all this that was meant for evil to good for HIS glory! The darkness might have won this one battle, but MY GOD will WIN IT ALL!

So while my heart aches from the results of this battle and all I want to do is go and cry with the mommas that lost their babies. I will not forget that my God is and was and will always be. He is the overcomer of all things and has taught me how to overcome as well!

Watching the news and seeing how the teachers laid down their very life for the children, set me off into the “ugly” cry … you all know the cry I am talking about.  One little boy said “I saw my best friend die today.” The tears just began to roll. Just the thought of teachers bracing themselves and willing to lay down there life for their children is a HUGE reflection of Jesus and what He did for us – His children!

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. {1 John 3:16}

The only way that we can move forward after a tragedy is just to hold on to hope. The kind of hope I mean can only come from The Lord. Praying peace and hope to all affected by this horrible tragedy helps so much.  May you all know and draw strength God! Also, make a commitment to make a change for the better in your own life by reaching out to others. Love the unloved and the hard to love. Give of yourself in time or finances. Help a single mom put food on the table. Reach out to people in your own community and make a difference in your world! If we all united together and committed to every day doing something to reach out to others, we could change the world! Let God’s light shine in this dark world.

Here are a few verses to get you started whether you are in the middle of this awful tragedy or a tragedy of your own. Cry out to God to repair those broken places of your heart and restore your hope.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. {Psalms 40:1}

I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. {Jeremiah 24:7}

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  {Psalms 20:1}

But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. {Psalms 22:19}

How has this tragedy affected you? Are there changes you are making with yourself or as a family for the better? How has it changed your thinking?

Written by April Franks

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