Now more than ever, we need love, faith
by Chip Latcham
Dec 19, 2012 | 2074 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Five days after the nation’s latest senseless mass school shooting, Americans are still having great difficulty resolving that question.

Immediately after Friday’s horrific rampage in which 20 precious little children and six courageous adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., many parents of schoolchildren were justifiably worried.

Some area schools received threats and others made the decision to lock down campuses as a precautionary measure and allow parents to come pick up their children early.

Clergy members of the Beeville Ministerial Alliance hosted a prayer vigil Tuesday evening at the First United Methodist Church, allowing community members to come together and mourn those killed as “a show of strong ecumenical support.”

Pastor Larry McRorey said, “Violence does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, color, affiliation or denomination.”

What a tragic time for such evil to appear. Instead of preparing for Santa’s arrival and the opening of Christmas presents, families, friends and supporters in that small Connecticut town began holding and attending funerals for those innocent victims.

And while politicians grapple with whether our country needs to enact tougher gun control measures, better means to deal with mental illness or to reduce the amount of graphic violence on the movie screens and video games, we can only point to one answer.

As we count down the final days before Christmas, we believe this nation needs heaping helpings of Jesus.

Emmanuel, or “God with us,” became a reality for believers more than 2,000 years ago in a Bethlehem stable.

God is love, the Bible tells us so, and He showed His incredible love for us, his children, through the birth (and later death) of His Son, Jesus Christ. See John 3:16.

Years ago the Beatles sang “All You Need is Love,” and they were partially right. We would hasten to add, “All You Need is the Love of Jesus.”

For weeks now, we have suggested ways for Bee County residents to get in the Christmas spirit by giving back to their neighbors in our community. Most of those opportunities, originating as a response to the many blessings God has provided, have now wrapped up for another year.

Yet there’s one more chance for people to connect, or reconnect, with the true meaning of Christmas. Check our newspaper listings and call or go visit a church, any church, in our community to discover what special services are being hosted.

Live nativities, pageants and traditional candlelight services with the familiar carols will bring great joy for one and all.

This world has become so impersonal, from the Internet to texting. It would do us all immense good to relearn and remember Jesus’ teachings: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

If we, as parents, grandparents and other adults, would return with our families to the church and Jesus, we would build a strong foundation of faith that would withstand all of life’s trials and tribulations.

And America would witness far fewer of these needless tragedies.

– Chip Latcham
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