“A cry is heard in Ramah— deep anguish and bitter weeping. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted— for her children are gone.” (Jer. 31:15); “Abhor what is evil… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Rom. 12:9, 21)
Lord Jesus, anguish and abhorrence come easy for us this morning, in response to yesterday’s horror in Uvalde, Texas. Children targeted and killed… Rachel wept for the children of Israel taken into the Babylonian captivity—a foretelling of the terror that accompanied your birth.
Only you know how many parents wept inconsolably when Herod killed male toddlers and infants under the age of two (Matt. 2:16-18). The promise of your coming threatened evil so deeply, so fully, so finally… evil reacted accordingly.
This morning there is deep anguish in Uvalde (and way beyond) over the massacre of 19 young children. How long, O Lord?
What do we feel, Jesus? Disgust, rage, fear, vulnerability, numb. We want to blame. We want to fix. We want this never to happen again. Our memory of Sandy Hook Elementary School, though ten years old, is still raw and surreal… but way too real, and too recent. Just days ago, gunfire blaring in a Taiwanese worship service, target-specific murders in a grocery store… Jesus, please stop the insanity, the hate, all evil.
You say to us, “don’t be overcome by evil.” Only you can command this, Jesus, and be taken seriously. You have overcome (defeated) evil at the cross, and you will eradicate it at your return. So, until then, show us how to “overcome evil with good.” We dare not waste our anguish and rage. Prayer, presence, legislation, repentance, sacrificial love… the only waiting we want to do is wait upon you, Jesus. Lead us. Help us. So Very Amen.