Many Fridays, I have written a ‘letter of forgiveness’ to those I feel I need to forgive, here at Life Victorious. It has been a powerful and healing practice for me, as well as some of our other authors and commenters.
Last Friday, I was stunned and sickened.
I was taking a little unintended “Advent break” from writing as we work around the many stresses and pressures that seem to come around this year. I wouldn’t even begin to list them because it will stress me out again this morning if I did 😉 But suffice it to say, I have barely had a moment to breathe this past month. Life has simply been jam-packed to overflowing, and I had resolved to share the tidbits of wisdom and transformation I have gleaned over the last month in the start of the New Year.
And then a lunatic went around and shot a bunch of beautiful teachers and children in Connecticut.
Over the weekend, I tried to move on with the Christmas pageant at our church, and all the other events going on… but underlying was this deep anger and distress. Preachers across America no doubt preached on the Connecticut shooting, helping us to know what to do in the face of such tragedy and horror. Our preacher made the sad but true connection between the willful murder of too-many-to-count preborn babies through abortion with the steady increase of the shooting of children, as society as a whole disregards the value and sanctity of life.
On my drive home from church, I had my own revelation.
I wasn’t angry at Adam Lanza.
I shocked myself with this. I used to spend years angry at terrorists, horrible leaders, child predators, abortionists, people who hurt others mentally and/or physically… but that particular anger seemed to have dissolved…
…for the perpetrators.
My anger, I realized, was and is, for satan. Behind these heinous acts, the only explanation for such violence is a heart ruled by satan, and a person who has chosen to do the devil’s work.
Don’t give me ‘the insanity’ thing. Or do, but recognize that to give ones life over to satan IS insanity. But your choice is in deciding who to worship in the first place.
There are no gun control laws or school lockdowns that will stop the violence toward innocents. What is needed is our society to turn back to God, the Creator of life. How can our society pretend to be shocked with the events on Friday, December 14th, when we are so schizophrenic that we deem it acceptable to kill an ‘unwanted’ infant born alive in a botched abortion? Mr. President, do you shed a tear for them, too?
We are living in a culture of death right now, across the world. However, death will not be victorious, and in fact, it has already been conquered. We must simply live out our lives building up a culture of life, slowly but surely, and not letting satan’s work deter us.
I cannot imagine what the families of Friday’s victims are experiencing. Our whole nation is grieving… but theirs is a deep, inexplicable grief. My heart deeply goes out to all who are directly affected by the horror in Connecticut. My prayers are with you, that God brings you peace that transcends all understanding.
As for satan, he has already lost. As for Adam Lanza? He is already experiencing more of a consequence than we can imagine.
With love for the Creator of Life,