Making Sense of our broken world
by Angela Cook
Our local community has been shaken this week by the murder of 15 month old Sanaya Sahib in Heidelberg West. It’s a terrible and distressing thing to have happened. How do we make sense of such a young life taken in such awful circumstances? Where is God in such events as this?
The first thing we must say is that God loves his world and he like us grieves when sin and evil scar our lives. Jesus knows grief; he knows what it is like to suffer loss. He wept openly at the tomb of his friend Lazarus. God is not absent in our sadness and anger, he is with us and understands how we feel.
Secondly it’s ok to grieve; it’s ok to be sad and angry and to tell God about it. He can take it. He draws close to comfort and guide us. Psalm 23 famously tells us that though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we do not fear because like a good shepherd he comforts and guides us. In fact it is right and proper to grieve at the brokenness of our world.
This is not how things should be! Romans chapter 8 reminds us that we along with the whole creation groan with longing for this world to be made new, to be a place without death and sin, without grief and loss. We are reminded again and again as we see pain and injustice in our community, in our families and across the world that that the world is broken and stained by sin and death.
And into this darkness we see the light of hope. Jesus. God has sent his one and only son to die to redeem this world, to redeem us. Jesus, who rose again as the first fruits of the new creation. Jesus, whose resurrection guarantees our resurrection. We have a sure hope for a better world, for a new creation where: ‘God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’(Rev 21: 4).
Keep praying for those who do not know the hope of Jesus in this dark time and keep praying for the community of Heidelberg West that we can move forward in peace not fear and anger.