It’s a sad, sad day in America.

The killing of 20 precious little children (ages 5-10) in Connecticut by this young gunman this morning is beyond belief. . .or is it?

Jesus told us:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 in the Bible).

Maybe we do need stricter gun laws in the U.S. but that won’t change the heart of the “thief” Jesus was talking about – the devil, Satan – or the hearts of humans he influences or possesses.

We need God in our country.

We need Jesus in our hearts.


Yes, it’s a sad, sad day but it is not the end of the story. I refuse to focus only on what horrible evil has been done by Satan and a young man in his grip.

Jesus contrasted the heinous acts the devil comes to do with what he comes to do through his love. He said he came to give people “life” – amazing, wonderful, full, meaningful life.

Jesus was not speaking about an easy life. Not a life without bewildering tragedy or excruciating heartache.

The kind of life Jesus came to give us is his glorious presence in our hearts when we respond to his request that we invite him to come inside:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. . .” (Revelation 3:20).

Jesus came to bring us life in this world and God will have the final say in the next in a judgment which is as perfect as it is sure.

It’s a sad, sad day. Many people in Connecticut need our prayers and all the love and compassion they can get from those around them tonight.

But I am so very glad: it’s not the end of the story.