Senseless.

December 13, 2007 at 8:35 pm 1 comment

Senseless death makes no sense to me.  The senseless death of the young even less. 

For 13 years now I have been pulled into every sudden death of a child or young adult I hear about, because it will be 13 years ago this New Years Eve day that our 16 year old son, Paul Scott died while out having fun with his brother Brad.  It still doesn’t make any sense to me.  A young, healthy teenage boy leaves to enjoy the sunshine and never comes home.

So when I heard the news last Sunday of the deaths of two Youth With A Mission staff from YWAM-Denver and the death of two young sisters at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, all I could do was cry for the senselessness of it all.  The death of the one who caused this senseless loss of life is still a senseless loss of life.

Five sets of parents, siblings, other family members, friends and countless others like us, left to wonder how something like this could happen.  Please don’t tell me it was “God’s will” or “their time to go” or that “God needed them more”.  God is our Father, our Papa and no Father would choose this kind of suffering for His children.

No, this tragedy and the multiple other senseless deaths every day must be laid at the feet of the enemy, who Jesus says comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).  No doubt he accomplished his unrelenting goal in Colorado this last weekend.

8 months ago our family friends Bill and Leslee lost their son Willie. Just last Monday, the day after the deaths in Colorado, they would have been celebrating Willie’s birthday.  His senseless death haunts his siblings and his parents in ways they can’t even say.  They know what these Colorado families are experiencing and though they are some months into the grieving process, I am certain it makes no more sense today then it did last April 14th.

Willie’s death occurred during the time of the Virginia Tech shootings that senselessly claimed the lives of 33 young men and women.  Because I didn’t know what else to do at the time I wrote a piece for this blog which tried to speak to this senseless loss of life.  Perhaps it would speak to some of you today.  If you want to read it you can find it here.

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish.  Do you believe this Martha?  (John 10:25)

Yes Jesus, I believe it, but it is still senseless to me.

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  • 1. Andy  |  December 20, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Hi. You are quite correct. The death of any young person in the prime of their life is senseless. My wife’s sister recently lost her 3 year old daughter to cancer. I do not believe that was inflicted by God nor was it His will. I think God grieves as much as we do when there is suffering. By his grace, I believe death is a release from pain, particularly for people who are seriously or terminally ill. The recent spate of shootings in schools, are a product of other people’s sin and their inability to cope with life, being inflicted upon the innocent.

    What I do know however may be of some comfort to you. That where there is tragedy, God will bring something good from it. It may not happen immediately, and I believe often we may not live to see its effect, but a death is rarely wasted. Sometimes the most insignificant event arising from tragedy, can have the most profound effects downstream, and influence many other people’s lives for His purpose.

    It is that hope and assurance you need to hold on to when you are struggling to cope.

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