by Christine Carter
There are times in life when things happen that break our hearts, and there are no words that we could ever use or express to change them or to make them go away.
Some tragedies, defeats, and events shatter what we instinctively believe: good will win out in the end, there is a reason for everything, the innocent will be protected, and God won't give us more than we can handle.
Yesterday, today, and every day after is a heartbreaking day for many parents in Texas. They have experienced the unimaginable. Something I don't want to write about, talk about, or think about.
There are no words.
So what can we do? We can pray. Pray for the families, pray for the town, pray for the state, our nation, and the world we live in.
We can ask God to bring comfort where there is no comfort, and peace where there is no peace.
And know that we have a loving God who I believe is embracing those children and teachers in heaven. A God who always loves, and truly is always there, even in the midst of heartache. One who has born our sorrows and is acquainted with grief.
There are things this side of heaven that defy explanation. They break our hearts. Make our world a less hopeful place.
I believe God weeps when innocent lives are taken, just as he teaches us in His Word to weep with those that weep. The giver of life and the giver of all that is good is still the God of love and of justice.
Trust that He will embrace those that are experiencing loss, and will walk beside them during the darkest time, when there are no words.
About the Author
Christine Carter is a working mom of a 12-year-old active son Marquis and has been married to her best friend Brent Carter for almost 15 years.
She attends Bethel: the Church at Philadelphia Mills, where she has been attending for almost 12 years.
She is currently a Quality Assurance Specialist at Gate 1 Travel in Fort Washington, PA. She resides in Levittown, PA, where she has lived for most of her life.
She is currently attending John Brown University’s online program where she is working on finishing a Psychology Degree which she began at JBU in NW Arkansas in the 1990s. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
She has always enjoyed writing, and poetry has been her method of choice. She believes that if you have a talent or a gift from God, or a desire to be used for His kingdom, He will make a way. You simply need to be willing.
You can read Christine’s Diary of a Prodigal Daughter column on the 3rd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.