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Heartbreakingly, in Uvalde, Texas yesterday, the lives of two dedicated elementary school teachers and nineteen precious innocent children, were horribly and inexplicably taken from them. Their mourning families are struggling with the reality there will now be one less place setting at the table, one less birthday to celebrate, and one less hug and kiss good morning, good night, or goodbye. Yet, God promises in Isaiah 66:13, “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you…”

 Understandably, all may ask God why. Many may even blame Him, but God did not commit this atrocity by taking these children’s lives. Rather, God loved and loves them so much that He gave His Son’s life for theirs. John 3:16, says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 Evil alone is guilty of this unspeakable carnage through a deranged eighteen-year-old. John 10:10 says of Satan, the evil one, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Though hearts are broken and too heavy for them alone to bear, our Heavenly Father can and will share the heaviest part making it bearable for you. Jesus promises in Matthew 11:27, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 Grief is a personal sorrow that only Almighty God can understand. Not only does He understand, but Romans 8:26 tells us only “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

 I’ve heard it said, “But for the grace of God, there go I.” Sadly, they don’t realize that what they are saying is terribly misunderstood. Jesus told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that His grace is for all, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  Not only is God’s grace sufficient for our sorrows, but even more, for the salvation of our souls! Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God9 “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Will you trust Him for His grace?

 From My Heart,

 Bro. John