I, like many of you, am overwhelmed. What's
particularly overwhelming for me, in the midst of a devastating crisis like
this one, is having to stand publicly and offer hope and comfort. Like many of
you, I've turned to God and said, "God, you know what we need right now?
We need you to speak."
At some level we all say, "Is there a word
from God?" I've come today to tell you there is. My fear is that I will
appear glib or trite, but the only reason I can stand here today is by the
power of God and the prayers of his people.
intended to harm me, but God intended it for good . . ." (Genesis 50:20)
Listen to the next verse in light of the tragedy
of this past Tuesday. Genesis 50:20 says, "You intended to harm me, but
God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of
On Tuesday morning at Columbine High School the
forces of evil converged to unleash a violent and bloody spring holocaust on
teens and their teachers. Two suicides followed thirteen homicides. A morning
of mayhem led to a horrific afternoon and evening of waiting. We have parents
sitting here today who were part of that waiting. Riveting reunions between
parents and kids brought tearful relief to hundreds throughout that dark day.
Sadly some parents left Leawood Elementary School without a reunion. Many
reunions took place in hospitals and funeral homes across our community.
John and Doreen Tomlin were one of the first
couples to see their son in a funeral home. On Friday, John and Doreen had a
memorial service for their 16 son, John Robert Tomlin.
On April 20, 1999, Satan had a plan for Littleton.
We know it was Satan who had a grip on those two boys because he left his
calling , destruction, and dread. ...
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