tragedy

Some thoughts on the school massacre in Connecticut

Yesterday our country saw another violent atrocity happen whose victims were mostly small little children.  As I’ve learned about the events over the last 24 hours, I find myself beyond sad, angry, frustrated, shocked and incredibly disturbed.  Over the next several weeks, we’ll learn about the families of various victims & the shooter.  We’ll hear clamorous demands for gun control and politicians expressing sorrow and sympathy.  Some of us will try to understand what causes a person to do such unthinkable violence and we will all have this sick and empty pit in our guts as we learn how this tragedy unfolded.

If there is anything good that come out of this atrocity, let’s decided that whenever we hear or discuss news related to the events from Friday, December 14th, we will pray – be that a short prayer, an intense prayer, a long prayer, or just a simple prayer.  Let’s pray for the families of the victims, the children at the elementary school, the family of the shooter, the school’s teachers and administrators, . . . .  Let’s allow these horrific events to make us more prayerful and spiritual people.

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some thoughts about the Aurora theater shooting

When I was in Cambodia, I heard almost real time about the Aurora Theater shootings.  Of course, I was super disturbed about everything & I continue to pray for the families & survivors.  Tragically, my city has walked some of this path before with the Columbine shootings & some of my feelings and reactions seem unfortunately familiar.  There are lots of reactions from anger & revenge to despair & grief – a wide gamut whenever I ask anyone here about how they’re doing.  While there is alot of evil in the world, be that in Cambodia, Denver, North Korea or in our neighborhoods, we must continually give ourselves to be agents of genuine love because love wins.

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Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

I just watched some of the footage of these horrific events & it seems almost surreal – surreal because I’m sitting in my house, comfy & drinking decaf, very far removed from this tragedy.  But when I begin to think of the people who lived in the houses that were overrun by water, the people who drove the cars that are bobbing in the water like toys, the people who farmed the land & greenhouses that were swallowed by the mucky deluge . . . . I’m undone.  Even more, I’m very disturbed by the loss of life today in this highly industrialized country, along with the mounting numbers of dead & injured & other potential disasters that could result from this earthquake.

What do I say to all of this as a person who deeply loves Jesus?  The ultimate tragedy of these catastrophes are the number of people who have & will die, who are injured beyond medical help, the infants lost and families who are devastated.  When we hear the numbers for the dead & injured, let’s be careful not to get numbed by the statistics but stay deeply touched by the realization that each number is a person of immeasurable worth, deeply loved and treasured by Jesus.  Let us be certain & consistent in praying for the families who are left and let us be watchful for opportunities small & large to express the tangible love of Jesus to our kinship of humanity in Japan, but also in our immediate world as well.  May the love of Jesus compel us – 2 Cor 5:14

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