The new Central Youth Network rolled out Friday amidst news of the terrible tragedy at that Connecticut elementary school. This sort of shocking occurrence definitely under girds our reasons for being here and for doing what we do. We’re sure that you feel the same weight of responsibility and burden of love. Young people are already in such vulnerable places as they attempt to navigate uncertain social interactions, often-failing educational systems, family life, and the internal search for identity. Tragedy and loss understandably tangle the already complicated paths they navigate. So how can we, as leaders, priests, and parents walk with our young people through these days of darkness?
Times like these remind us all of our need for a hope that is outside of ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 15:19, the Apostle Paul makes the bold statement that, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” We, who have experienced the power and presence of the risen Christ, know the truth of his claim. The Gospel offers hope for salvation that extends from this moment and on into eternity. Yet, what does embracing that hope offered us in this life look like in the face of such an awful event?
- Have you already had conversations with any of your young people regarding this event, or other recent ones like it?
- How can we offer an answer to those who ask why God would allow things like this to happen?
- If good and evil are so often two sides of the same coin, how can we explore the goodness of humanity expressed in the outpouring of love and support from around the world, without appearing to patronize the hurt and pain suffered by so many?
Join the conversation and share your thoughts or prayers. Lord, have mercy on us all as we seek to be agents of healing in this sin-sick world.