With the tragedy of the Connecticut school shooting still weighing heavy on my heart, I was so happy to be able to share something new with my students that, once again, made me so glad I teach in a private Christian school. Even now, almost a full week after the event, I can tell it’s still on the hearts and minds of my students.
I’ve been doing my best to try and explain to them why such tragedies occur (and I’m even trying to make sense of it myself... even prompting me to write a blog post about it over the weekend). Today during our Bible lesson, we were reading about the Christmas story in the Bible and we came to the part that explains how King Herod was furious with the Magi, or wise men, whom he sent to find the Christ Child, did not return to him as he requested.
Matthew 2:16-18 says,“Herod was furious when he realized that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:
‘A cry was heard in Ramah—
weeping and great mourning.
Rachel weeps for her children,
refusing to be comforted,
for they are dead.’”
I took a moment to point out to my students that we see an evil offense against innocent children in the Bible. I asked the kids to do their best to make a connection between King Herod’s actions and those of the shooter in Connecticut. We came to the conclusion that evil does exist in this world, and just like in the Bible, God can use that evil for good. This is just another reason why Jesus was sent to Earth and why each of us needs Jesus, a Savior.
I know there are many teachers who don’t have the same luxury as me in sharing this with their students. But I hope it helps those of you who are still struggling to find peace during this time.
I’d like to hear your thoughts and feelings about this post.