The innocent suffered that day
when the gunman let out a spray
of bullets on helpless children
in their fear, to whom could they turn?
Their little hearts could only pray
the innocent suffered that day
When Herod had all threats slain
to save the earthly throne he claimed.
Lamentations filled the air
the Lamb was led to the slaughter
the Innocent suffered that day
to Heaven, He opened the way.
Upon the Cross He stretched His arms
defeated Death in His own terms
gathered the brethren gone astray
the Innocent suffered that day.
In our College Philosophy class, suffering was discussed. If God is so good, why does He permit the innocent to suffer? Why is there suffering in the first place? It was a hard question to answer for an 18 year old. Now that I am older, the answers are clearer but they do not make suffering any less painful. Suffering can be redemptive especially when united to the suffering of the Christ. Theology would have other (spiritual) benefits to suffering. As I am not a Theologian and cannot frame my ideas and words well, I’d leave the answer I have at that. Thus, while the answers did not lessen the pain of suffering, they did give meaning to suffering meaning, and give a glimpse of justice that we cannot have in this world. They are great reasons to hope instead of despair.
Another poem, A Mother’s Lament, inspired by the tragedy is posted here. I pray for the consolation of the families and the community, as well as eternal rest for those who died.