My husband has taught my children to say, "Whenever I'm afraid, I will trust in God." Power outages seem to be the scariest times for them. When the lights go out, that phrase is recited over and over again. My anchor is a bit more detailed. I cling to Isaiah 41:10, which says, "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." It's comforting to know God is there.
Colorado - my beautiful, wonderful state - has suffered another tragedy today. It seems like we've had more than our share this month, although no one should have to "share" in this kind of thing. A mass shooting, much like Columbine, at a place where no one would expect something like that to happen. It's terrible. Frightful. Horrific. Who could be filled with so much hate and torment that would lead them to do something like this? There are too many questions and not enough answers.
My prayers go out to the familes of the victims. May you all find comfort and peace in God. The pain is beyond what any human can deal with. Go to Him. Please. I also lift the family of the suspect. I can't imagine the grief they must be going through. Unspeakable. And I lift the first responders. Not only have they recently dealt with fatal wildfires, but they recently lost an officer to an unrelated shooting. They are first-hand witness to the wake of violence left by these awful events. Even heroes have a tender side. Let's remember all these folks as we bow our heads and release our grief to the One who can make beauty rise from the ashes.
God, please have mercy upon Colorado, and all of America.
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