Tuesday, April 17, 2007

A Tragedy

I am very sensitive to stories of murder and death. They are very sobering and cause me to reflect on the value and importance of mortality. I also cannot help but ask the common questions that follow horrible tragedies:

"Why would a loving God allow this to happen?"

"How can someone do something like this?"

Hearing the news of the Virginia Tech murders shook me up. As I think about each victim and the life they have been taken from I feel deep sadness and sorrow for their families. I cannot comprehend what it feels like to lose a loved one so suddenly and so tragically. Even as a spectator from afar it seems surreal and inconceivable.

Although the probability that someone even remotely connected to the victims reads this post I send my love and prayers to the families and friends who have lost loved ones.

I send my testimony and assurance that God is our Father. I know that He is in control, and that despite the unimaginable tragedies we face in this life, we can have comfort in Him.

I know that this life is not the end, but only a small portion of our eternity. We will all be reunited, and realize that this time of death and sorrow is only a brief seperation.

It is normal to ask why God would allow such horrific events to take place. But we have to remember that these loved ones are not alone. They have not passed through this life to a dark and dreary void. They have returned to His presence and His care.

I hope that the families and friends of these victims may hold onto this faith and hope. The country mourns for you. And our Savior Jesus Christ knows your pain and suffering. That He heals you is my prayer.


Jeremy said...

My prayers are with them as well. Thanks for the kind words.

Aaron said...

I can't imagine recovering from such a tragedy without the understanding of the restored gospel. Nevertheless, my heart aches for the victims. May God bless them.

Julie said...

I was finally able to cry after reading this. Thanks for putting into words what I feel also.