In the Hands of God

Nobody died.

Nobody can die.

We are immortal souls clad in mortal bodies and we can not die.

“Your god didn’t save even one child,” one of our atheist readers said to me in private.

Not true. He saved every child.

Not one of these precious babies died. Their bodies stopped and they stepped out of them into the arms of our loving Lord. That’s all that happened to them.

Their parents, their school and community and our nation are devastated by their passing. We are torn into ribbons by the violence and insanity that took them from us. Death is real this side of the grave. Death is the devastation of unyielding loss and gone-ness. They are gone from us. We will never see them, hear them, touch them again in this life. In the words of King David, we can, and will, go to them one day, but they will never again come to us.

But even in the face of such tragic and overwhelming loss, we do not need to yield to the hopeless bitterness of my atheist friend. We know the truth of eternal life. They are not dead. No one died. Even though it may be decades in the future after we have lived long lives without them, we will see them again one day.

The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. Wisdom 3:1

  • Dave

    Thank you, Rebecca. That was beautiful!

    Atheists don’t make much sense sometimes, because they insist that God act as if their worldview was correct (i.e. since atheists only believe in this life, and not in any (vastly more important) afterlife, then God should make sure that everybody gets an absolutely fair shake in this life, or it “proves” that He doesn’t exist.)

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      That’s a good point Dave.

  • Subsistent

    Seems to me, “to die” usually means “to lose bodily life”. For an organism without a spiritual soul, to lose bodily life amounts to losing life absolutely. But for a human, who has or even is a spiritual soul, losing bodily life does not amount to losing life absolutely. So I’d say, a human dies absolutely, but does not thereby lose life absolutely.
    But if by “to die”, one means “to lose life, period”, then yes, in this sense, we humans don’t die.

  • Bill S

    “Atheists don’t make much sense sometimes, because they insist that God act as if their worldview was correct…”

    Those are the stupid atheists. The smart atheists understand the utter randomness of life. They don’t insist that God act in any way whatsoever.

    This is not a good time for an atheist to discuss his belief in the afterlife or the lack thereof. People need to be comforted not challenged.

  • Manny

    When atheists throw that argument at me I counter with, well, they are now in a better place. And love between the living has been magnified. So it’s positive not negative if you believe in God. But I do like your retort. No one has died. That needs to be my concluding point. Kudos Rebecca.

    • Bill S

      Manny: You would not be very comforting to any atheist parents, if there are any in this case. They need to be consoled (if that is even possible) and supported as well. When in doubt, it is better to say nothing than to try to convince them that their children are in a better place. Their loss is complete and to see it otherwise is just wishful thinking to them. As negative as that may sound, to them it is the truth. As the movie says: “You want the truth. You can’t handle the truth.”

  • neenergyobserver

    Thank you, Rebecca.

  • Sus

    I’m trying to see those children and teachers in his hands. It’s really hard but I am trying.

    • Bill S

      It’s OK to have doubts about anything that can’t be proven.

  • Peg

    Heard a poem read today on a catholic radio show about Jesus welcoming the children to heaven to the rhythm of The Night before Christmas…it was so visual and moving I had to pull off the road I was chokin up–no wipers for the eyes…if anyone hears or sees it and knows a link–I would surely appreciate it. It was amazingly beautiful and comforting!

  • Peg

    FYI not the rapture type poem about people not praying–this one seemed to relate more to what just happened. Thanks

    • Sus

      Peg, I re-read the second poem and it is the rapture type so I’m not posting it.

  • Sus

    Peg, I’ve seen two poems going around – I can’t find the source for this one.
    Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
    when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
    their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
    they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
    they were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
    they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
    “where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
    “this is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
    when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
    He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
    then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
    and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
    those children all flew into the arms of their King
    and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
    one small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
    and as if He could read all the questions she had
    He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
    then He looked down on earth, the world far below
    He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
    then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
    “Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
    “may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
    “I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
    then He and the children stood up without a sound.
    “come now my children, let me show you around.”
    excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
    all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
    and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
    “in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”

    Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

  • Peg

    Sus, this is the one–thank you so much for passing it on.

  • Bill S

    “Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
    “may this country be delivered from the hands of fools”
    “I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”

    Really? Just remember that there are parents that are dealing with the reality of true loss and that to some of them poems like this do not bring comfort or consolation. And no one is taking back any schools. That is not the problem.