Today was the funeral for Jonylah Watkins, the sweet baby girl murdered by a bullet, believed to be intended for her father, a convicted felon with alleged gang ties. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jonylah-watkins-funeral-20130319,0,4822134.story)
The New Beginnings Church on S. King Drive was packed with broken hearts.
Why? Who? Who could do such a thing – so callous and deliberate?
Her grandma asked “My neighbors of Chicago, have you lost your voice?”
I ask, where are the angels God promises to send to protect us?
Where are the good guys who are supposed to catch the bad guys and stop babies from being murdered.
How does that killer feel right now? Right this moment? You know he has watched the news coverage. You couldn’t miss it.
It’s been a lead story on all news channels since the shooting happened March 11.
Where will this end?
When will babies, children, and the innocent of any age, no longer pay the price for others’ sins and misdeeds?
How do you console that baby’s mother? How do you not feel intense anger toward the father for being involved in a lifestyle that is believed to have brought on this shooting? How do you not hate the shooter?
It is hard to be a good forgiving Christian when tragedies like this occur. God says we must forgive. True. But God also says thou shalt not kill.
Where is that shooter tonight? What is he thinking? What is he feeling? Will he sleep well? Will he enjoy a nice meal?
I know where Jonylah is. She is looking down from heaven asking the angels why she couldn’t stay with her mom and grandma a little longer.
Maybe hers is one of those plans where God sent her to her mom, only to be taken suddenly because they are supposed to learn something from the pain. Maybe the shooter is supposed to learn something from this experience? Maybe someone in the packed church is supposed to learn something or be inspired to do something wonderful as a result of Jonylah’s death.
Maybe her life ended how and when it did because we are all supposed to learn something, be inspired to do something wonderful.
Until next time Love each other…..
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