I’m taking a drastic turn in our series on this day. For on this day, tragedy trumps any agenda I may have. I’m not going to reiterate all the gory details that the media seems to enjoy flinging in our faces as often as possible. I have no intentions of using this crisis for my own gain. I only wish to offer hope to any who might read this simple post from a simple man.
Today wasn’t caused by the non-existence of gun laws. More gun laws, hoops and legislation won’t keep things like today from happening. People who act like this person acted today, don’t care about rules and laws. He certainly knew that it was against the law to murder all those he did. Adding another law for him to break wouldn’t have made any difference. The reason I say that is, we should never use events like this one as fodder for political debate.
What today is evidence of is that we live in a very fallen and hurting world. This lunatic was hurting in some way. Something had to lead to this behavior. Beyond that, there are now hundreds of families who are directly connected to the victims who are in pain. Add to that all the kids around the country who will now have this to be afraid of.
We cannot legislate hope and morality. There is only one true source for that. And that just happens to be what we’re celebrating this time of year. The world our savior came into thousands of years ago was just as broken and fallen as ours is today. They needed hope. They needed to believe that there was something better, and that this life isn’t just one big cosmic joke.
So that’s why I share this song as the Day 14 song in our series. Our hope is in a king who did the unthinkable. The hope that we are all waiting for came as a child, a very unlikely hero. He came in a way that would necessitate his being cared for. And remember, He did it all for you. He did it for a world that he knew was in shambles, because he loved us so much.
Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl –
Just a child –
Is this who we’ve waited for? ’cause…
How many kings step down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
And how many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that is torn all apart
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Bringing our gifts for the newborn Savior All that we have, whether costly or meek
Because we believe.
Gold for his honor, and frankincense for his pleasure
And myrrh for the cross he will suffer
Do you believe?
Is this who we’ve waited for?
All for me…
All for you…