Finding Comfort During Times of Tragedy

Yesterday when I woke up I couldn't help but to weep for the parents who lost their kids in the Florida shooting this week. I just sat and imagined how they felt not being able to go into their kids rooms and wake them up for school like I did with mine. The thought brought tears to my eyes immediately.

When things like this happen I'm not going to lie, I want to go pick my kids up from school and keep them home, forever. But I don't, I can't. We cannot live in fear, because that is no life at all. And if we do the terrorists win.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
— 2 Timothy 1:7

I lived my life filled with anxiety and fear for some time and when the Lord delivered me from that anxious life, I vowed to fight anxiety and fear everyday and I will. I hope you will too. Here are some techniques I use to find comfort when horrible tragedies happen.

1. I mourn.

I think it's important to mourn with people even strangers. We are so detached from reality these days that I think we can forget that these were actual people, who were taken away from their families and the worlds due to hate, way too soon. Internet connections can make us feel like people don't really exist, and are only online, but they do exist, we do exist, we are all real.

2. I pray & trust.

I talk to the Lord and I let him know the anger I feel about the situation. I ask Him why does this happen. I cry to Him and let Him know that this is hard, this is starting to be too much for us. I cry out for help. Just the simple act of voicing how I feel to the Lord makes me feel as though He is taking action, and I trust Him. He has never failed me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

3. I love.

Situations like the one that happened this week, makes me more grateful than ever for my loved ones. It makes me forget about all the petty anger I had or fights we may have had. It doesn't matter, all that matters is they are still here. I can still talk to them, touch them and let them know I love them.   

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
— John 13:34-35

Be encouraged family, pray and fear not. Remember, in the end we win.