Who Will Pay?

Children murdered.

In my mind, I see the kindergarten children I taught music. Faces bright. Smiles huge.

“You’re funny, Mrs. Hylton!”

When I think of the massacre our country has witnessed all over the media, I picture my class.


I think of all the presents that will remain under an unwanted Christmas tree.

Who will pay? The boy is dead. His mother, too.

How could anyone pay?

We will be in Isaiah 53 one more day.

“Yet the LORD was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make a restitution offering, He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and by His hand, the LORD’S pleasure will be accomplished. He will see it out of His anguish and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities. Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion and He will receive the mighty as a spoil, because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many and interceded for the rebels.” Isaiah 53:10-12


Sin. A not-so-popular-word in our country. Sin caused the massacre. Sin causes all our problems, both social and economic.

But someone paid for our sins.

Made restitution.

Justified many.

With His life.

The gift is free.

But we need to receive it.



More silence. More worship. More wonder.

Listen and worship with Selah. And invest in Christmas. Pray for the families in Newtown.



3 Comments on "Who Will Pay?"

  1. My Dear Pauline:

    You say it so well. I just knew you would address the topic! I was so pleased that you and Tom could make it to the gathering last night. Your blogs are an inspiration to me. Thank you so much! After the dust settled last night, Eric ( my big tough brother) wanted to share his views on the shooting. He said he wept and prayed all day! His biggest question is what did God do with the young man who did this haenious (sp?) deed! Eric is a believer and I found it is interesting that he related to a movie “2001″ where David came back from the dead and says – “it is all clear to me now”! if I have learned anything since I became a believer is we cannot second guess God’s motives or plans! I know and believe that someday when a graduate to heaven, “It will be all clear to me”.

  2. Melinda S says:

    very good, Pauline. Unspeakable things are just that, but you shared the sentiments of many. All we have is the Hope of Jesus’ coming. and the belief that God is good and He answers prayers.

  3. Pauline Hylton says:

    Thanks, Cheryl and Melinda for your encouraging words. In times when I do not understand, (which is often), I trust God’s goodness. The Bible says He is good. When I look around, I see that His creation is good.

    I bank on the truth of God’s Word and His character, and I too will understand one day.

    May the Lord be praised even in tragedy.

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