Kids have a way of taking life as it comes. I believe that we all can learn to maybe laugh a little and enjoy life a little more by watching them. This is especially true in light of the horrible school shooting on Friday. It is hard to make sense of that. The depth of wickedness is unbelievable. The disregard for human life is astounding. We do move on with hope in a God who sees and knows all. But it is not an easy thing to do for any of us.
I pause once again from the Sunday Series I was in to reflect on current events. The events surrounding an elementary school shooting have been on my mind , especially as I put my kids to bed last night. I was amazed at their simplicity once again. My 5-year-old son randomly said to me, “hey dad, I am glad no one was in the church when it burned because then they might have had to go to the hospital or maybe even died.” I love the compassion my children show to others. He then continued, “you know it is a good thing we have so many places to worship. We worship at school and we worship at home too. You know when we pray we are worshiping right dad? You know everything about God.”
At this point I was laughing. I said, “no, I certainly don’t know everything about God.”
He went on, “you do too! You went to church when you were a kid, when you were an older kid, when you were 20 and when you were older.”
I then went into my younger son’s room. He also wanted to talk about the church fire again. I said to him, “goodnight, tomorrow is church day.” He looked at me with a puzzled look and said, “where is our church?” I said, “remember, our church is broken .” His reply came quick. He said, “no, the school is not ‘fired’ and the playground is not ‘fired.’ I appreciate the way they keep things straight in their minds. You see how simple they think? Not only that, but their concern is not in over analyzing any of these events. They process certain parts and move on. The shooting will probably take more time before they say something profound about that, but we make sure that they know what is going on and that we pray about it as a family. It grieves me to have to tell my kids things like this, but it is the sad reality of the world we all live in. There is no doubt that we need Jesus!
As I settled them into their beds I was once again reminded of the blessing of children. It is not that my children are perfect and stress free. They bring headaches to me all the time. I do recognize that they are a gift and should be cherished as such. Twenty families sent their children to school on a normal day without seeing them return home. May it never happen again and may we never forget to hug our children.