Hearts were shattered, a river of tears flowed, and America cried out in anguish.
Many questioned the reasons behind it and the simple answer is this: evil. Many shouted to the heavens asking God why, yet they heard no response. Why? Why did all those people have to die?
Because we live in a fallen world.
Could God have swept in and saved them all? Yes.
So why didn't He?
This answer, is not so simple. If God came down from heaven every time masses of people were killed, can you imagine how regular His visits would become? He'd never get back to heaven before we needed Him again! He gave man free will from the beginning. God is not responsible for the choices we make or the sins we commit. However, by His love and His grace, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for us all so that we could be clean in the eyes of righteousness. Jesus paid for it all. As we remember lost loved ones, I leave you with two verses.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." - James 1:17 ESV
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10 ESV
We will never forget.