After a tragedy, many people will say there are no words to express the sadness, the pain, the anger, the confusion, the despair. I agree.
There are a few Words, though, that I believe can help. Having been through a personal tragedy and loss of my children, these Words have given comfort and peace when nothing else would.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. (Psalms 42:11 NASB)
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33 NASB)
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV)
People, pray for one another. Pray for those who have lost their children, those who have lost a loved one, those who are dealing with tragedy. The God of all comfort will send comfort to them.
*in memory of Joanna and Rita, and those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary school