By Steve Gunn
NEWTOWN, Conn. – This morning we learned that an estimated 27 people, including 18 small children, were killed when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
We wish we could offer a reasonable explanation, but of course none exists.
Our world is full of angry, frustrated people. That’s been the case since the beginning of mankind.
Some people fail in their marriage. So fail professionally and financially. Some have hopelessly shattered relationships with their children or other family members.
Life is very hard sometimes. Our trials can be painful and difficult to endure.
But what would make anyone take their frustrations out on a group of small children in an elementary school? If someone feels the need to physically attack, why would they choose a place where the most innocent are gathered?
What in the world did those babies do to deserve a fate like this? What did their parents do to deserve the agony of burying their little ones just days before Christmas?
We know parents who have lost children. The pain subsides a bit over time, but never goes away completely. There may be no greater torture for a human to endure.
What sort of person would put any parent through this sort of hell? How could anyone be so cold, so inhuman?
The only answer is that there is evil in this world, and it’s getting the best of an increasing number of desperate people who somehow believe they’ve been cheated or mistreated in some unforgiveable way.
When will we learn to simplify our expectations and just be happy to live for the moment? When will we realize that nobody is cheating us out of anything? Life offers no guarantee of great personal happiness or financial reward.
The trick is to recognize and appreciate the blessings we have, and move on from there. There is no room in life for excessive anger or bitterness, particularly when those negative emotions become focused on and threaten other people.
And there is never, ever any excuse to take our anger out on helpless children.
How many times do we have to learn that obvious lesson?
EAGnews offers its heartfelt condolences to the parents, families and citizens of Newtown, Connecticut. We pray that God will give them the strength to get through this horrific tragedy.