School Shooting: a Columbine Father’s Perspective

New Leaf Publishing Group aches for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. A tragedy of this magnitude leaves us speechless and very aware of the reality of sin in our world.

In times like these, we look for answers and wisdom. Brian Rohrbough lost his son, Dan, in the  1999 Columbine shooting. “I was standing on the sidewalk looking past the playground at all of the commotion when an overpowering sense of loss came over me: Oh, Lord, please don’t let this be true. Please, Lord,let this just be my emotions.”


As we approach the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we are reminded that

“He came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 18:10). And ” He came to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:1-3).”

In these dark moments, we understand our need for a Savior. We are sure of the world’s need of His light and love.  The heaviness experienced by those who have lost innocent children can only be understood by our heavenly Father whose Son did not deserve to die.

Today we are even more resolved to teach the authority of God’s Word. Without it, there would be no hope, no peace. When the ways of our world do not make sense, like today, we are only sure of God. We are sure of our eternity with Him. And we are sure that many still do not know Him or believe His Word is truth.

Lord Jesus, move us. Use us to help those who are hurting to know Your love, Your hope, and Your peace.

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