The blogging world has been ominously silent this weekend. I mean, really, another cookie recipe or workout seems so frivolous in light of recent events. I typically avoid news and current events on this blog and don’t follow those kinds of blogs either. I have my opinions, and very strong ones at that, but that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about being a Christian wife and mom. But to avoid even mentioning the tragedy that occurred in my home state of Connecticut this past Friday would be like avoiding an elephant in the room to say the least.
I don’t watch the news, like EVER! I know that if something really important is happening that I need to know about, I will find out. As it happened, I found out about Newton on Facebook while sharing my meatball recipe. I then immediately removed my meatball link, because…well, meatballs seemed inappropriate.
I have tried to avoid thinking about it in any great depth because I feel as if I would stop breathing. I shared with my husband that what really gets me is the presents under our tree. I think of those parents, after all they’ve been through, coming home to those presents that will never be opened and it seems an anguish to great to bear.
However, you cannot escape this horrific event. It’s written on people’s faces. You hear them talking about it at the store, the salon, through social media. And they are all asking the same question…WHY?!!!
And I don’t have an answer, but I know The One Who is the Answer. And I know that it is my obligation to share Him with others. To share that Christmas isn’t about presents, and cookies, and even family. It’s about a baby that was born in a manger, lived a sinless life, and took the punishment for our sins on the cross. It’s about Jesus. It’s not a holiday; it’s Christmas! Herod tried to stop it by killing thousands of innocent babies. And Satan has been trying to stop it ever since!
Melanie over at The Big Mama Blog expressed this so beautifully this morning. I wept as I read it to my husband. I really believe God used her fingers on the keyboard to share his heart. I encourage you to use the link and head over there and read it. And then read it again. If you don’t know what to say to those asking “Why?!”, share what she wrote so eloquently.
Most of all, share Jesus this Christmas.
The nation weeps for you and your babies, Newtown, Connecticut. You are in our hearts and our prayers.