God was with every single person in Newton, CT that morning. He was with them as they got their children ready for school. He was there as children said goodbye to their parents, as kisses and hugs, some of them the last, were given. He was there, preparing these people for what they were about to go through, whether they believed in Him or not, God believed in them.
God was there as the killer made his way to Sandy Hill Elementary school. God was there when the first shots went out, He was there as those first lives were escorted to the gates of Heaven. God was there with the student that barely made it to his classroom before the horror started, a moment before and that child's life too would have been gone.
God was with the principal, Dawn Lafferty. God gave her the courage to face the shooter, and try to stop the shooter. It's been said that Lafferty taking on the gunman's first initial moments of fury gave teachers and staff precious moments to lock doors, hide children, and do all they could to protect lives.
God was with the person who thought to turn the Sandy Hill School loudspeaker system on. The number of lives that this simple act probably saved is countless.
God was with Kaitlin Roig, a teacher, and her 15 students as she hid them in a bathroom and barricaded them in with a book shelf. God had his hand on every one of those children as they did their best to remain silent.
God was with school clerk, Maryann Jacobhim, and the 18 fourth graders she had in the library. God was there as they all first went to a small room, finding the door didn't lock, and then as they crawled to a storage room, where they too barricaded the door, and found coloring supplies.
God was with the gym teacher, and the children in her care. God was with them as they huddled in the corner, and held them close to Him as the teachers took the scared, crying children, to an office so they could cry without being heard.
God was with an eight year old little boy and the teacher that saved him. "I saw some of the bullets going past the hall that I was right next to, and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom," said the boy.
If you have read any of the stories out there, you can see God in every single one of them. As I was reading, I ran across this, "was armed with a military-style rifle and two semi-automatic pistols. Investigators said he possessed "multiple high-capacity magazines" for all three weapons." The shooter could have killed, wounded, scarred, many more than he did.
God had His hand on every single locked door in that school. Do we think that He looked the other direction while all of this was going on? Think of the hysteria that wasn't reported on the news. The students being led from the school by their teachers and police. Think of how much worse things could have, would have, been if these children and teachers had panicked? If children had done what so many adults would do, go running from the building in fear. God was there, and still is.
Do you think that telling teachers, "you can't pray with your students" kept a single one of those from sending up a prayer? Do you think the "separation of church and state" kept a single person in the country from praying? How does a Christian believer believe that God would ever say, "I'm not allowed in school"? Does anyone think that God looked at the building and said, "well, it's a school, I can't go in there?" As the parent's were rejoined with their children, are there any, you think, that didn't think "Thank God!", because He wasn't welcome in school?
December 16, 2012