Many of us, when hearing about the horrific tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, ask a question silently to ourselves. Where was God? It is tragedies like this that either drives us from God and our faith or religion or closer to it.
For myself, ironically, it has done both. In 2004, I buried my son. A baby who I would never know. Like those parents in Newtown, although not having my child taken from me by a murderer or by bullets, I do understand the heartbreak of broken dreams.
Dreams of watching the child grow, graduate from high school and college, marry, and have children of their own. I do know the pain of dismantling a bedroom, or of tossing unwrapped Christmas gifts in a Salvation Army bin. (One of those I still keep on a shelf in a closet in my home).
That pain in my circumstance drove me away from God...from 2004....until just recently. Without going into detail, I have been struggling with a personal health issue since June. And I found myself, just a few weeks ago, in a place I had refused to go; on my knees, crying before my creator, my God. Still asking where is God...yet looking to lean on him for answers, rather than running away from him with my fist pointed defiantly in the air.
None of us can replace what those parents in Connecticut have lost. As I know all too well, no parent should have to bury their child. But I can attest that one that can help with the pain and suffering is God. Don't blame him, for I assure you that much like the prodigal son, you'll return to him and he'll be waiting; with arms open, an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on; day and night.
Radio host Leslie Marshall is host of the nationally syndicated The Leslie Marshall Show. She is also a Fox News Contributor. Follower her on Twitter at @LeslieMarshall.
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