It has been a month since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and America is at an impasse. All Americans agree that these mass killings have got to stop. What has not been agreed upon is what action should be taken to make them stop.
I've heard people's opinions spoken at work and in the social media - personal views run the gamut. No one really knows what should be done to stop these senseless tragedies - especially not this Examiner. But, I do know we have got to stand up as the Body of Christ and do what we are supposed to do in the earth - make the difference. We don’t have to know what is right, what to pray. We won’t always know that, but God promised we have help.
"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8:26, 27
Our government's decision makers are making decisions right now concerning gun control, programs and help for the mentally ill and security in our schools. Let God have His way. Let's not box Him into our finite and limited thought process. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you how and what to pray - but in the end let's ask His will be done. Let's ask that lawmakers hear His voice - whether they ask to or not. Let's ask that the decisions that are made are according to the wisdom, will and plan of the Father.
You see, even in the midst of every human being's God-given right to choice - we can still pray the will of the Father in the earth.
'So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Sound familiar? Luke 11:2 NKJV
In honor of teachers everywhere I mention two that are special to me. My niece, Catrina Brown and long-time friend Brenda Timmons-Chapman – part of my high school graduating class. They are both from the Kansas City area and they walk into the classroom every day and pour out of their lives to teach our children. I know without a shadow of doubt that they would give their lives to protect a child entrusted to their hands. I salute the two of them - along with all America's teachers. God bless you, protect you, give you wisdom and peace.
I know these things are hard to think about. I haven't wanted to think about it either. When I first heard the news about Sandy Hook – I grieved so deeply for those families –I was emotionally MIA for hours. It is very hard to look at the reality of where we are as a world - but we have to. If we don’t know the cause of a sickness - how can we address it? We have to see it, identify it and go after it with a vengeance. Like the children of Issachar – we have to know the times so we can respond to them.
And there is a response - Children of God - we have a call to action. We are called to STAND UP ON OUR KNEES. It's time.