Is it helpful? I don’t know, but I don’t think so.
Here is what I find helpful, and perhaps you will too:
-a scientific truth is that dark is the absence of light (photons)
-similarly, cold is the absence of heat (thermal energy)
-so, what if “evil” is simply the absence of good = God?
So, where were good and God in Newtown? Flowing freely through all of the people open to them:
-God was with the first grade teacher who kept her children safe and told them she loved them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtDS8vVQTus
-God and good were flowing between the teacher and student who died embracing each other
-God is working through all of the people comforting the families who mourn victims
-God is working through all of us to change our country in ways that will prevent such a thing from happening again
We have free will, so God cannot stop us from pulling a trigger.
Empathy in its purest form – love – is God’s currency, available to us abundantly.
Empathy is the world’s most plentiful resource, and it is more than renewable.
We must choose to use it. When we do, God is there.
What do you think?