A Prayer For Sandy Hook

Jesus Resurrection Life SC A prayer for Sandy Hook

In light of yesterday’s horrific developments in Newtown, Conn. – developments so sorrowful that no words will do – I felt it only appropriate to pull my regular column for this week. I offer, instead, the only words I can at this inexpressibly mournful time: A simple prayer. ~ Matt Barber

Please come, Lord Jesus.

Come, King Jesus.

Come soon I pray.

Yet, even still come now, Holy Spirit, until such time.

We need you.

As the banked fish gasps for that which, without, she will surely die, so too do we gasp for living water-fused crimson that flows freely from Life’s pierced side.

The people of Sandy Hook assuredly cannot endure without your supernatural grace.

Give them grace and comfort pressed down and running over.

There are things so wicked we cannot bear.

There are things manifestly beyond our understanding. Things of which, and perhaps for our own sake, You have kept from our grasp.

Such a thing is this.

We cry out, Abba, Father!

Torrents we weep for the families of Sandy Hook.

Our souls groan for the people of Sandy Hook.

Our spirits are broken for the babes of Sandy Hook.

Hold them close, dear Alpha and Omega – the great I Am.

Comfort them.

Love them.

You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through You.

Show this to all who are alive in flesh but dead in spirit.

Show them Life in death and that Life is You.

Reveal Truth and Life in the Spirit despite death in the flesh.

You are the Way.

Pull near to your bosom forever the precious slain of Sandy Hook.

Let our lips say, “Oh, death, where is your sting?” – even until our hearts believe it.

There is no hope save You, oh Christ, and, save us, can You alone.

Evil triumphs, so it seems, sovereign Lord.

Do they mock You?

So they try.

But You won’t be mocked.

Let us rest assured that vengeance is Yours, Christ Jesus.

Darkness consumed this man, and so he did the liar’s bidding – Satan’s work.


He has not escaped Your justice.

The enemy of the world will not escape your justice.

But for Your bounty of blood, who can escape your justice?

Yet, for those who believe, Satan’s ransom is paid in full.

Let us, even now, hear the laughter of our beloved Sandy Hook babes – hidden most high – while, at length, they play together, joyfully, at your nail-pierced feet.

Thank you, Jesus!

Thank You, Jesus, for John 1:1, which proclaims, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Thank You that the Word is with the bereaved of Sandy Hook.

Thank You, Jesus, for Matthew 11:28-30, which summons, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Oh, Christ, give rest to the most weary and burdened of Sandy Hook.

Thank You, Jesus, for Matthew 5:4, which vows, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Only You can comfort those beyond worldly comfort.

Comfort them, King Jesus, we plead.

We wait upon you, Lord Jesus.

We remain still.

Until You return, King Jesus.

And You will.

Oh, and how You will.

It is in Jesus’ name; the name of all names – the name at which demons shudder and both saints and angels rejoice – that I pray.



Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He serves as Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action (LCA on Facebook).

Photo credit: Fr. Stephen, MSC (Creative Commons)

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  1. Raymond Perkins says:

    You pray for the grief stricken families. Thats all fine and good after the fact. How many more of our children have to be murdered before people finally get it.This should be a wake up call to the people of this once great country. It' past time to do away with the so called political correctness to appease the atheists. We need God the protector or our children to be reinstated back into our schools and school functions. God is the ONLY solution. Gun control won't help, it will just make matters worse. Eliminate ALL gun free zones, arm and train all willing and capable school personal.

  2. Yes Raymond, Gun control laws will make matters worse. And yes, it will make make things worse for this country if they are left defenseless. You are right, we need to train all willing and capable school personnel and eliminate all gun free zones. And Yes I Agree That GOD Must Be Put Back Into Schools. We Need our children being taught that GOD is the Almighty GOD!

  3. Edwardkoziol says:

    As angelmom & Ray have said it is time to put God back into our country and it is time for all good Americans to teach their children about God and fight the ACLU & te atheists of this country.There are more of us then them so lets tyake them out and give them an attitude adjustment.Parents must monitor those video games that desensitize kids to violence,same with TV shows that show these forensic people dig a body.

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