It has been just a few days since the shooting spree in Aurora, Colorado. What kind of answers can we, as the body of Christ, provide the world around us? What can we say when people ask “Why”?  What has your response been?

Tragedy, unfortunately, is nothing new to most of us. Just over a week ago I received an email from a youth leader about a terrible thing that occurred which impacted her entire group. Please pray for them. For the time being I would prefer to leave them unnamed.

I’m not quite sure what to say right now in response to Aurora, or in response to the tragedy I learned about last week. Normally when I write a blog, my whole point is to share my view and hope that a handful of people will read or respond. Today however, I am asking you to give your own insight into tragedy. Please back it up with scripture.

If you are a youth leader has the Aurora tragedy, or maybe even a recent tragedy that struck closer to home, brought up questions from your teens? Are 11 year olds and 14 year olds and high school seniors pulling you aside and asking things like …

Why did God let this happen?

Where was God at when this occurred?

What is the purpose of all of this?

If you have found yourself in that position as a youth leader, what has your response been? I ask because by sharing your insight in the comments below, you may be equipping another leader with something that could truly help them or a hurting teen in a time of pain and loss.

Are any parents or grandparents reading this blog? Have you found yourself dealing with these questions from your own children or grandchildren? What have you shared with them, from scripture, as a loving response from a family member? Again, please let us know in the comments below.

When tragedy strikes, Christian community is a key tool in the healing process. Those of you reading this post are spread across the United States, but lets not allow that to stop us from encouraging each other through tragic times as the body of Christ.

As a side note, I found two really good articles on tragedy recently.  One is from Pastor Timothy Keller out of New York city.  You can check it out here.  The other is from Pastor Rob Brendle and it can be read here.

I cannot wait to hear how Jesus is working in all of your lives during tough times.  I hope that if you are in that type of situation right now that you know there is healing at the foot of the cross.

God Bless,

Travis

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  • Mcid
    Posted August 7, 2012 9:25 am 0Likes

    A mentor friend of mine told me something that I will never forget. He said, “leave it up to man to mess things up”. God did not program us to love one day and hate another, rather He wants us to give to Him what He deserves, a real relationship. I know when things like this occur we want to equate God with some sort of blame but in reality we make our own decisions to hurt or help those around us. Proverbs 1 talks about wisdom and how important it is to grab ahold of it and not let it go. Right now the Christian community knows people are hurting so what will we do? In these times we need to assure our personal communities that it will be us who step up and show some hurting people God’s love. Jesus gave everything for me, so why can’t I do the same? Help someone in need rather than try and figure out all the whys. My heart is broken for the victims and their families, I pray that God would be seen in all this mess and that I would be able to show fourth His glory. -P.Mark

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