|Updated: 12/17/2012 8:59 am
||Published: 12/16/2012 5:18 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Local churches are trying to offer a place of solace and comfort to those grieving.
Pastors try to offer a sliver of peace and remind those who are hurting to come together and love one another.
Pastor Robert Robinson of Temple of Restoration Church of God in Christ says it's difficult to understand why the shooting in Connecticut happened, and why so many innocent lives are lost. Pastor Robinson says instead of focusing on the why, he's encouraging people to find comfort in prayer. "God will touch the hearts and bring a change."
Pastor Mark DeYmaz of Mosaic Church says now is a time to light a candle for peace. "In light of the tragedy in Connecticut, it's not just the families at that school who lost loved ones. The children in that town, the entire community mourns and grieves."
Pastor DeYmaz says it's important to recognize the six teachers, 20 children, mother of the gunman, and the gunman himself. "The first thing you just want to get your head around what happened. It's like, what the heck happened here? You try to understand it, but there is no answer for that."
That's why he and other pastors are calling for worshippers to give meaning to their grief by showing love for one another, loving their own children, and giving thanks. The hope is that those suffering are not overwhelmed by their loss.
Reverend Benny Johnson with the Stop the Violence organization says people should find confidence in the goodness and strength of God to help them meet the challenges of the days to come. "We have to look to the Lord during this time of sorrow. We just have to look to the one who can help us, the one who gives us peace."
Pastor Robinson says the goal is to acknowledge what happened and provide an opportunity for people to pray together in light of the deep sorrow they're feeling. "Regardless of what's happening in life, God is ready to strengthen the things that remain, and help families heal."