Pray for CT – A Cross-Shaped Response

Pray for all the people appallingly affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Connecticut School Shooting

Events like today validate what we all know to be true, evil is real. But ironically, so does the cross.  The cross cries loud and clear that evil is so very real that something immeasurably large had to be done about it.

In fact, this is seemingly the dominant question of the entire Bible.  What is being done about evil?

…The cross is what. The empty tomb is what.

Even if the cross doesn’t give a clear answer as to why evil is still so very real, it does eliminate one popular suspicion – that God doesn’t care.  Because he does. He cares unto death.

Remember today that we serve a God who suffered with us. And thank God today that we serve a God who suffered for us, victoriously. With tear-soaked eyes, let’s pray for the suffering and cling to our hope found in the cross.

The paradox of suffering is that it can tear you down or spur you forward depending on how you interpret it. I pray that this tragedy will motivate real disciples to cross-shaped responses in the name of the crucified and risen Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:54–58 (NLT)

54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?*”

56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

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