Friday, December 14, 2012

Violence Reveals a Darkened Heart - School Shooting in Newtown, CT

Our country is in shock from an act of violence in an elementary school in Newtown, CT. We don’t even have all of the information yet, but it is enough to sicken us to know that children became a bullet’s target. What a senseless act of aggression on those who cannot defend themselves. This shooting was a result of anger; the news reports say the young man had an argument with the school office staff this morning. Without any confirmation of motive the only response I have is to pray for the victims, and families in Newtown who were violated. Their world was rocked to the core as a result of darkened heart.
For anyone that thinks that humanity is getting better, I beg to differ. The heart of mankind in history is dark and full of violence, greed, anger, jealousy, and other roots that dig deep. A darkened heart is filled with skewed thoughts that lead to ugly deeds. Violence is older than Cain and Abel. The weapons may change but the heart is the same. And until we stop making excuses for the heart of mankind, we will cast blame where it doesn’t belong.
The only hope for dark hearts of stone is Jesus Christ who replaces a heart of stone with a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). A heart of flesh is filled with both love of God and love of mankind, giving thoughts to help, to build up and to share love and kindness. Jesus is the one who transforms us into new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17) and give us the desire to live rightly and love freely. We then begin to see the world through His eyes and desire to make our actions count, to make a positive difference. Only He can remove the anger, greed, jealousy and other roots that spring forth in the darkness. The Light of the World (John 8:12) came to cast out darkness and draw people into His light.
Instead of hate, Jesus sows love. Instead of strife, He brings peace. And in the midst of our darkness, He illumines us with the light of truth. We then see ourselves as He sees us—weak, sinful and needing a Savior. He forgives the dark heart. He redeems the sinful soul and offers a new way of living life and hope for each day.
My heart goes out to the families in Newtown, CT. Please know that I am praying for you. In the midst of this senseless day, may God send His comfort through those around you. Because of this angry outburst, lives will be affected forever. God have mercy on us all.

Share your thoughts with the people of Newtown....



  1. Jeanne,Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Without Jesus there would be no hope for hearts to be changed. Praise God He can come into darkeness and bring light and life.

  2. Heavy heart today, Glenda. What would we do without the one who bears burdens and mends hearts?


  3. My heart is broken for them as well. Sin is source of evil.Only Jesus will be able to bring peace when He comes again.

  4. Thanks for your thoughts, Vonda. He is the Prince of Peace....this Christmas will not be very peaceful for them. Praying for them all.

  5. Thank you, Jeanne for sharing your thoughts so well on this tender topic. The Light of this world can never be extinguished, only He can change dark hearts by His mercy and power.

    May our Father pour out His healing love upon each one touched by this incredible loss.

  6. Amen, Verna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Dear Jeanne,
    What a truth filled message. The bottom line still remains:
    Jesus Christ is the only answer!
    Margie Houmes36250

  8. Amen, and amen, Margie. And, now to pray for the veil to be lifted and revival to fill our land.


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