Every mass shooting or terrorist attack prompts questions of how could the massacre have been prevented and, often, where was God during this horrific crime. Associated Press photographer, Joel Auerbach, captured the answer to the second question as a distraught woman with an Ash Wednesday cross on her forehead comforts another woman.
Until Jesus returns to restore peace and safety to this fallen world, Christians are his hands and feet here on earth: The woman in the iconic photo. Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach who was killed shielding students from gunfire. A long-time friend who knew Feis from church told reporters, “Aaron had a big heart, and he’s an extremely loving person, very quiet and a good sense of humor, but I’m not surprised that he did what he did,” LaGuardia said of Feis.
Unfortunately, we live in fallen world populated by people with moral and mental illness. (And God is no more responsible for evil then light is responsible for darkness. Darkness is the absence of light.) But followers of Jesus Christ offer his love, comfort and peace. The apostle Paul writes:
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
As I watch these tragedies unfold, it reminds me that Jesus died and rose again for a world desperately in need of love, peace and healing. And those marked with the cross are Jesus’ hands and feet to comfort and support those wounded in this life.
Copyright © 2018 James Watkins
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