Its never to early to tell your congregation the coping mechanisms, as Christians, to deal with pain and suffering. I strongly encourage all Christians to always be fortifying your answer to the question, "Why did this happen?" or "Why did God allow this to happen?". The reason primarily, may not be for the audience of anyone, other than yourself.
I was sitting in front of the computer, when the DRUDGEREPORT refreshed, only to announce the growing concern of my fellow brothers and sisters in arms at Fort Hood. The details were still pouring in. My heart grew cold and angry at the same time at this individual who would murder so many. Awaiting for more details to justify my growing rage, I waited and watched on FOX, the latest.
Thinking and praying for these families, that were already bracing for a deployment and possible loss in Afghanistan, not in Texas. The unexpected grief, few will completely understand.
My prayers are with all of you in Texas. May God grant you peace, in this season of loss.
Bottomline: Why does this happen? My answer: Sin and a fallen corrupt world. Since Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, (Genesis 3), we have all suffered from this (Romans 5). All creation suffers. This very incident is a result of people rebelling against a Holy and Righteous God. All people, everywhere, have rebelled against God. Our only hope is finding a peace-maker with God, and thus Christ took all the sinful actions upon himself, and God punished Jesus by killing him. This crucifixion, was just. But, the story of hope is not just in his sacrifice, but his reconciling men everywhere to God, who would repent of their sins and follow Christ.
We should have more than answers, the problem of pain, we need to have a hope in Christ, who will guide us to forgiveness and restoration.