Making sense of the senseless: The Texas church shooting massacre

Making sense of the senseless: The Texas church shooting massacre
Many people question where God is during tragedy, and I have felt the same way too.

Are there any words to make sense of the senseless tragedy that occurred in Texas? Why can’t people go to church in peace? Why are people so angry and hate-filled that they feel compelled to shoot up a church and take the lives of peaceful worshipers on a Sunday morning which was once seen as a holy, special day of reverence? I don’t have the answers to any of those questions. All I do know is that I must continue to do the good I ought to do, as outlined in the Gospel of James, and that for me, is to continue to pray.

Picture of scene outside of church in Texas. Why does God allow these kinds of things to happen?

Picture of scene outside of church in Texas. Why does God allow these kinds of things to happen?

I know there are those who question why a loving God would allow these random, unnecessary, vicious acts to occur, and thankfully, I’m not God so I don’t have to answer that. What I must do is continue to believe in the bigger picture and that from tragedies like this, God can and does make good of it.  I know it’s hard to even suggest such a thing when people all over the world are hurting from hurricanes, mass shootings, and just life in general.  People can easily, and understandably, question:

Where is God in all of this?

As someone who’s overcome so much violence in my own life as a former battered woman, I know the anguish of feeling helpless and alone and hopeless.  Add to that the years my body was pained from Crohn’s disease and not being able to eat, then having a portion of my intestines removed–I definitely questioned why God would let these things happen.

Why didn’t God silence my abuser when he beat my face black and blue? Why did God allow me to get beaten with hangers and belts and choked until I passed out, thinking for sure that was the day I was going to die? Why would a loving God allow someone to throw lighter fluid on me and then throw matches at me trying to light me on fire???

I know my beatings don’t compare at all to the families devastated by the loss of their loved ones lately, and especially from the Texas church shooting massacre. I’m not in any way trying to make those experiences equal what happened in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas…or Vegas…or any of the cities affected by the onslaught of hurricanes recently.  There are some things that just don’t make sense.

I was standing off to the side watching this interview take place. These events always help me to see how God can turn a tragedy into a triumph, if you allow Him to use you for good.

I was standing off to the side watching this interview take place. These events always help me to see how God can turn a tragedy into a triumph, if you allow Him to use you for good.

But I have been blessed to be a part of the Jennifer Hudson Back to School book bag giveaway and Christmas Toy Drive, which was developed after she lost her mother, brother, and then 7-yr. old nephew Julian D. King, the person for whom her foundation was named.  I’ve seen hundreds, even thousands of families line up to receive the help she offers, and seeing the children’s joy from getting their loaded book bags or Christmas gifts is truly overwhelming.  I can even remember the one year people were lined up at 5AM on a frigid Christmas Eve morning to receive gifts, and Ms. Hudson blessed each and every family who came for assistance.

Would she have created her foundation if her family had not been murdered? Who knows. What we do know is that God took that mess and gave her a message of hope to share with the world that we can survive. We can forgive. We can heal.

I pray for every family affected by the Texas church shooting massacre, and for everyone all over the world hurting from the unexpected loss of a loved one recently.  I know it may not make sense. I know it may never make sense.  But I do know, somehow through it all, God works it for our good.

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About Me: I’m a wife and mom of six daughters known as “The Fitness Evangelist” because of my ability to take ordinary fitness classes and turn them into worshipful events. I have a graduate degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and I’m also a certified fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. I help people with their health and fitness goals any where in the world through my business with Total Life Changes. For more information about me, you can visit my website at http://elanainspires.com or go directly to my TLC website for product information http://totallifechanges.com/elanainspires. IBO #8154411.

 

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