sandy hook 2Almost one year ago,  the senseless tragedy of a coward killing children in their classroom raised the question:  “where is God when it hurts?” Thankfully, Philip Yancey poignantly and powerfully answers that in his book, “Where is God When it Hurts,” And I highly recommend it. But I think there is another question. I find myself asking, “Where am I when others hurt?” I ask myself, “what can I do? where can I be? who can I help?”  There are two things I can do when others hurt. One, I pray intentionally, frequently and emotionally. When the tragedy in Newtown occurred, I prayed for people I didn’t know…but who God knows. And I couldn’t be where they were, but God could. And I don’t understand their pain, but God does. So I pray and I ask God to meet their needs, tend to their pain and send his angels to surround the places where they are. The other thing I do is I join my Church in what it is doing for those who are hurting. Whether we gather for a vigil, send money, deploy volunteers…whatever our Church is doing, I am joining them in it. Our planet is not well. God is the Healer. The Church is the hospital. And I can be a part of what it is doing to help the hurting and heal the ailing. Wherever you are, if you find yourself asking “Where am I when others hurt?” I hope you are praying and joining the Church in what it is doing. God bless.

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