This has been a tough weekend for most of us as we’ve struggled with the senseless act of violence that took the lives of 26 people this past Friday in Newton, Connecticut.

A verse I’ve thought of many times this weekend is…

Ps 34:18 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

I know in confusing times like this many people wonder…

God where are you?

God why aren’t you answering?

Do you know?

Do you care?

We wonder if there is anything that STILL holds true. Even in the face of unexplainable circumstances like this I do believe certain things still hold true.

I believe…

Love still defeats hate.

Hope is still stronger than despair.

There is a God who still answers prayer.

His mercies are still new every morning.

His forgiveness is still stronger than sin.

His guidance is still greater than human confusion.

His promises still remain more certain than human fear.

The cross is still sufficient for grace for us.

The tomb is still empty.

All this is true because 2,000 years ago, a baby named Jesus was born in a town named Bethlehem. Governments, economies, civilizations, and cultures keep coming and going, but the kingdom Jesus started is still spreading, and his light shines brighter today than it did when it started.