I join the rest of the nation in horror as we watch the Aurora, Colorado shooting play out in the news. The stories are filled with carnage, the loss of 12 precious lives cut down in another shooting rampage.
And we look for explanations.
The stories are filled with possible explanations. And the talk shows are filled with experts. In our 24/7 news culture there are so many words.
And I sit in horror.
And in this moment we feel our humanity in all its vulnerability. We look for answers because living without them leaves us feeling less safe, at risk.
I am grateful for the thoughtful response from Godly theologians like Dr. Al Mohler. But, frankly, I could do without all the rest of the speculative talk.
So how should the rest of us respond in this moment? Here is my response:
- I pray for the families of those who lost loved ones;
- I pray for those still in critical care;
- I pray for those who were present and traumatized by these circumstances;
- I pray for the parents of the shooter;
- I pray for the law enforcement officials investigating this tragedy;
- I pray for the public officials trying to diffuse the circumstances surrounding the shooter’s apartment;
- I pray for Christians in the community to have wisdom in their response;
- And I pray for the shooter.
We will understand more in the coming days. The story will unfold. Until then, please join me in prayer for those involved.
Hug your loved ones. Share your faith with family and friends who do not know the hope you have in Christ.
We are not promised tomorrow.