January 7, 2013

Now is the time for comfort in wake of Ct. shooting

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Letter to the editor:

Early Friday morning in a town called Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy struck that will affect their community for years to come. A gunman headed to Sandy Hook Elementary School. There the lives of twenty beautiful, precious, and innocent children were taken as well as the lives of six adults. Among the victims were the mother and the father of the gunman.

So many questions come to mind. How could anyone do something like this? How can a young man kill his own mother and father in cold blood? How could you kill twenty children all six or seven years of age? Others may ask how God can allow this to happen.

Many have taken the opportunity to pontificate and politicize the event for more or less gun control. According to reports of residents in Newtown, many journalists and news media have gone to many lengths to capture news footage and obtain stories in order to fulfill life-long ambitions of winning a Pulitzer Prize.

What this grief-stricken town needs is for everyone to lay aside their own personal opinions and ambitions. Put down the camera and tablet. Grab someone’s hand. Give them a hug. Focus on the need for love, peace, and comfort. Pray for these people. Provide for their emotional and physical needs.

In the book of Ecclasiastes it tells us that there is a time for everything under heaven. Now is a time for comfort. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 it says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

We will all have a time to digest and disect the questions and find answers. Right now, let’s follow the greatest commands: Love the Lord our God and love our neighbor as ourself.  

Mark Doland