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8/11/2019 12:11:00 AM
God Is Still Good
Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is  10% what happens to you and  90% how you react to it.'

Charles R. Swindoll — 'Life is 
10% what happens to you and 
90% how you react to it.'

Rev. Susan Smith Walker
Emanuel Reformed Church

My son turns 30 this week and I remember how much I wanted to shield him and his sister from the harsh realities of this world. I dreaded the day when my children would realize what kind of world this is with crime, senseless violence, murder, war, and injustice. I didn’t want to break their hearts that the world they were inheriting was full of trouble and pain. I wanted to shield them from the truth but I could not. 

I feel the same way today and even more so when I look at my precious grandsons. They are three and five years old and not yet aware of the realities of this world. They don’t know that people are using assault weapons to murder total strangers, but they are about to find out. My five year old grandson Phoenix will go to kindergarten this year to learn his ABC’s but he will also learn that little children are in danger every day just by going to school. He will learn that someone may come to his school with a gun and start shooting at him and other children for no reason. While Phoenix is learning how to write numbers and letters he will also learn how to obey during a “lockdown” where teachers have panic alarms that will lock the doors so they can hide and wait for the police to come and help them. When I think of what is about to happen to him my spirit is grieved beyond measure. Even worse than him knowing that random, senseless violence could come to his school is the idea that an active shooter situation could really happen there.

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How did we get here? How did we create a world where anyone would kill little children this way? How did we create a world where mass murder could happen when you go grocery shopping? I read where the mother of the 21 year old who killed 22 people at the Wal Mart in El Paso called the police on her son because she was concerned that he was too young, too inexperienced and too immature to own an assault rifle yet nothing was done because he bought it legally. How did we get here?

The world has always been a troubled place since the fall of man. Some would argue that this kind of violence has always been present in humanity and what is going on now is just today’s version. I would offer that our world is losing its moral compass but it isn’t too late. The world is hungry for God, and searching for spiritual purpose in suffering.

We must help our children know that God is able to help us navigate our way through this fallen world to find meaning and purpose in life. I’m so glad Phoenix went to Vacation Bible School this week where the theme was “God is good”. He came home singing little songs about “When you’re sad, God is good” and “When you are afraid, God is good”. He learned that God’s love and God’s power are always there to help no matter what happens. We must teach our children they can pray privately anytime they need God to help them in school because today going to school is dangerous, but God is still good.

Rev. Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church and she can be reached at 829-962-8196 or

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