Why, Oh Lord?

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung over at our Five Minute Friday website. Today’s word prompt is “why.” We would love to have you join us. 

Why, oh Lord? These are the cries of our heart as 17 families lay their children to rest after yet another school shooting. In the midst of this tragedy, we cannot seem to find common ground. We argue over what was the cause of this incidence.

Why can’t we listen to one another?

Why do we let our views become echo chambers thinking we are right and the other is wrong?

Why, oh Lord, can’t we love one another?

Why can’t we speak the truth in love?

In the midst of this noise, I find myself lamenting; mourning, wanting so much more and so much better for the children of our future.

In the stillness, I say each of their names remembering that their lives were taken way too soon. Names that remind us that we need to listen and figure out a better way so no more families grieve their children way too young.

In our questions of why, I believe God hears every one and was with each of those children in their final moments.

20 thoughts on “Why, Oh Lord?

  1. This shooting broke my heart for everyone involved – from sadness to anger. I can’t even come up with words for it. I’m glad God understands the groans when I don’t have any other words except why. Visiting from fmf. ☺️

  2. Tara, I love this heartfelt response. There are so many questions and opinions but instead of being divisive we need to come together in our united desire to protect future children and families from tragedies like this. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

  3. Amen. I pray for those who will now struggle with survivor’s guilt. I pray for the families. I pray for the family of the shooter. May we each reach out to someone today and share his love in even a small way.

  4. Why is a good question, yet it does have an answer. Because in this world, there will always be evil. Sadly, the focus in the media misses the point. When a man is determined to destroy, it goes silent in the echo chamber of the media that rushes to offer explanations that are utter platitudes, that ignore the spiritual. But our hope is in Christ who already wins, who knows all. It is a profound thought to ponder the magnitude of His knowledge. And to know this too, about us: “For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” We are guaranteed to have sorrow as long as we are wise. It will be grieving…

  5. Tara, you have such a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing these words and the comfort that they bring. I believe the Lord was with these children too.

    I pray we all will learn to listen more and point fingers less.

  6. I echo your why questions, Tara. And I also believe God was there with the victims. He was suffering along with them because He is a suffering God. Thanks for your beautiful words here.

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