Heartache and Hope in CT
I don’t watch TV. I don’t even have regular channels like 2,4,7, etc. I found about the shooting when I was on the stairmaster at the gym. The picture of one of the teacher’s sisters sobbing on the phone is haunting as I just celebrated my sister’s 21st birthday yesterday. It’s terrible, and the only thing that came to mind was this prayer from a book called “The Good and Beautiful God.” This prayer was read by a pastor after the author’s 2-year-old daughter had died.
“Our thoughts are not Your thoughts O Lord, and our ways are not Your ways. We confess to You that we cannot see Your divine hand in the suffering of Madeline. Help us, we beg You, to see that in this evil there is some purpose, beyond our grasp and comprehension. Our minds are confused. Our hearts are in distress. Our wills are lost and weak, and our strength is gone, as we see this innocent creature caught by the sins of the world and the power of the devil, a victim of senseless suffering and pain. Have mercy on this child, Lord, have mercy! Do not prolong the agony! Do not allow the pain and suffering to increase! We know not what to ask You; give us the grace only to say, ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ Give us faith, for we believe, O Lord; help our unbelief. Be with Your child Madeline, and suffer with her; heal her and save her, according to Your own saving plan, established before the creation of the world. For you are our only hope, O God, and in You we take refuge: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.”