I've found myself hugging my children alittle tighter, kissing them alittle more and letting them crawl all over me here lately. It is going to be quite some time before our country heals from the Virginia Tech massacre. In watching some of the news coverage this morning, the story I found most profound was the one of the professor who survived the Holocaust, only to be gunned down by a 23 year old who considered himself a victim in life. And while there are no words or phrases that will make us feel better in this time of never ending questions, the Bible offers hope.
In Hebrews 12:2 says, "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." The Hebrews are encouraging the early Jewish believers who, because of persecution and hardship, were pulled toward reverting to their old ways. They are told to "keep on keeping on" and to "fix" their eyes on Jesus.
During these days of seeking answers to our questions of why this event happened, we can take comfort on looking to Jesus to heal the broken hearts and persevering through our own daily trials and troubles.