Reader Input: How sad that we have shut out God

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 will go down as one of the most tragic days of our lives ... 20 children murdered and seven exemplary adults that gave their lives for these children. We must honor them for their sacrifices in trying to save these children.
We turn to prayer, and rightly so, but how sad that for so long we have removed any semblance of God from our school, public areas and many of our homes, wanting to appease those who have no regard for him; the many tragedies that we have already experienced, and yet we continue to want to shut God out.
Again I repeat, here we have one of the most horrific tragedies in our country, which has made us stop and turn to God. The questions that continue to be asked are: “Why did God permit this to happen?” “Where was God in this unthinkable tragedy?” And many more. I believe that he has been trying to get our attention to acknowledge him to no avail.
We have been silent for too long and it is time that we become role models for our children in acknowledging God publicly. How terribly sad that our children had to pay this price, before we came to our senses. Regardless of what the few say, we are a Judeo-Christian nation and must be strong in acknowledging this fact! What do those that don’t want to acknowledge God have to offer in solace at a time like this time?
This is supposed to be such a joyous time, especially for children, and it has been overshadowed by this tragedy that has affected all of us. We have all been touched by this horror, and I for one, will not be joyous as in past Christmases, although, I am truly thankful for my family, as many of you are.
Just the other day many people were asked, “What does Christmas mean to you?” Many answers were, “Receiving gifts,” “Getting together,” “Partying with my family and friends.” I didn’t hear many say that it was to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.