Many of us are at a loss for words after the senseless wickedness of an angry young man killing 32 innocent students at Virginia Tech. There will be time for reflection and analysis later. For now, we should pray for the injured and the grieving.
In the final hours of His life, Jesus gave this assurance of His comfort and His presence in times of suffering:
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. — John 16:33, NLT
My blogging friend Mark Daniels has re-posted four fine essays he wrote over two years ago on a Christian perspective on suffering. They are: When Tragedy Hits the Innocent, Part 1, When Tragedy Hits the Innocent, Part 2, When Tragedy Hits the Innocent, Part 3, When Tragedy Hits the Innocent, Part 4.
Another terrific resource by another blogging friend, Mark Ritter of Sword and Spirit, is God is Great, God is Good, so why do bad things happen? This is a presentation on the Christian theology of evil, available for download in either Microsoft Powerpoint or Quicktime Movie format. (Sword and Spirit has created a number of excellent Christian apologetics presentations. Scroll down the list to find “God is Great.”)
Pray for healing and peace.