Innocent Bystander

By Fadia Patterson

In the wake of the shooting that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut. It makes you wonder why do bad things happen to good people? In this case it's fair to say why do bad things happen to innocent people. Young children were shot to death and for what reason. We may never know why? My heart aches for the parents that will have to bury their children in the coming week before christmas. Surely, they never anticipated putting their children in box to regift to their maker; our God and this is heartache that no parent should ever have to endure.

God gained 26 angels yesterday. May the souls of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47; Mary Sherlach, 56;Lauren Rousseau, 30; Victoria Soto, 27;Emilie Parker, 6; Olivia Engel, 6; Rachel Davino, 29; Anne Marie Murphy, 25; Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Madeleine Hsu, 6; Catherine Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; and Allison Wyatt, 6 rest in peace.

In the midst of all of this, God will still show his power through Forgiveness!

He already has placed that in the hear of Emilie Parker's father; Robbie Parker who gave a touching speech in the memory of his daughter. He even extended his condolences to the family of the shooter.

In the conference he simply said; "As we move on from what happened here...what happened to so many people. Let it not turn into something that defines us. But, something that inspires us to be better,to be more compassionate and humble people. Please keep the sentiments of love that we feel for our families and the compassion we feel for others, even for complete strangers. And keep them with us as all times. Not just in times of sorrow and that we can make everyone everywhere feel safe.

I am empathetic to the fact that in the moments that you have realized that your child will not come home due to a senseless death; it would be difficult to extend love. But this family did in remembrance of their daughter and giving all glory to God for who she was and how she treated others. They were grateful that the light of God shined through her.

Emilie was 6 years old and among 20 other children and 6 staffers that died as an innocent bystander. As her father mentioned she was a sweet young girl who had compassion for her sisters and others.  What a legacy to leave behind in such a short amount of time on this earth. There are so many questions still yet to be answered as to why this happened? Why did this happen to young innocent children or anyone for that matter? Where is God in this cruel circumstance? How is he working here? And why do bad things happen to good people?

The latter question is one that only God can truly answer.

He never said the road would be easy...but yet we must trust and have faith in him. Trust that he is working in our midst. All things are working for God's glory even in this horrific tragedy.  How? You ask: Emilie's death was not in vain! She is one of  the many faces that will impact the world as we live in it. There is no doubt that all of our lives were changed by this event. Her death symbolizes something far greater: that we as a people are in need of a Savior and perhaps her death and others at Sandy Hook Elementary could remind us all of that. Perhaps their deaths could highlight the shame of violence that exists in our society today. Perhaps this tragedy will remind us to check ourselves; to check our souls; to admit that we as a society carry so much spite, hate, and anger in our own hearts; so much so that it manifests itself in our children's lives as they  ultimately bear that burden. They bear the burden of not knowing if they are truly safe as they deserve to be. The events in Newtown; the Aurora theater shootings; the shooting of  Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and all of the slain that were in the "wrong place at the wrong time"; remind us of how we as humans can be so cruel to one another. Sadly,  events like this are not random. They are happening more often and our culture had almost become desensitized --until  we are introduced to and see the faces of 6 and 7 year olds who died from multiple bullets from a killer that they've never met and/or didn't even know they offended.  Then, we undoubtedly ask ourselves; is this the norm now? Is this our reality now? This event has truly crossed the line.

As we saw a grief stricken father describe the final morning he spent with his daughter; We can't deny him any anger that he may have towards the man that murdered his daughter in cold blood and yet he still showed grace and remorse by the will of his Heavenly Father to whom which he paid homage for sending him a daughter that was as compassionate as Emilie.  A trait and gift that "did not come from any parenting of their own" he said but, "from the Heavenly Father himself".

I cannot answer the very question that we ask time and time again: Why do bad things happen to good people?  I will not try to answer such a complicated question because we are all good in God's sight! And we are all innocent bystanders to have witnessed so many tragedies of this life; some personal and some shared with the world. One thing I know for sure is that God is near, and dear to the brokenhearted. Even in the midst of these horrific deaths--he will cause us to stand in awe of Him; ultimately turning this mess into an ultimate message that we can no longer deny.
Source: : Robbie Parker quote and pics
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