A few days after the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, my friend Karlon and I, along with other members of Joshuanetwork.tv, took a trip up to the scene of the tragic event.
The Defreitas' children, Ahkeel & Dehnique, professional steel pan performers, used their gift of music to play christmas songs for the grieving community.
The gentleman in the wheelchair came all the way to Newtown from the south. He use to live in Newtown and came back to pay his respects. He couldn't walk but still found a way to stand up for his fellow man even from the seat of a wheelchair.
Others came by to give inspiration and encouragement including a couple holding up signs that said, “Free hugs” & "Want Prayer?"
These are two Representatives from the Billy Graham Ministries who showed up and wanted to know more of what we were doing. The lady and her husband had been with Billy Graham's Ministries for years and were part of a ministry called the first responders, there to be a comforting voice during tragic events of our times.
Despite what happened just days earlier, that spirit-filled visit to Newtown was worth the trip. I think just being there and praying for the people was an awesome experience that humbled us.
A few days before the trip I asked my son, Zane Jr., to sing a song I was inspired to write some years before called, Lord Restore Us. The message of our trip and the message of the song is one God gives to us all. He wants us to ask him to restore us because it is through him that we can truly be restored.