.How do we respond to such a horrific act?
Since hearing of the Theater 9 shooting, my mind and heart have been stirring... restless and heavy. Why? How? My brain can't begin to grasp such a senseless act. It IS uncomprehendable! My heart aches for those who lost loved ones. I can't imagine the grief they're experiencing.
I caught myself becoming angry after hearing how and when the shooting took place, how it corresponded with the events of the movie. I have a deep sadness that violent movies of the sort are being produced. Beyond being produced, they are anticipated, watched, and 'loved'! What has happened to society's morals... our conciseness? It breaks my heart to know, that a six year old girl was viewing [as 'entertainment'] what would become her fate that night, and all the others.
This world is evil.
In the midst of all my emotions, I've recognized a new, deeper longing within me. A longing that nothing in this world can satisfy. It's a longing that God intended, and desires we each have... a true longing for heaven! A longing for Jesus!
You may have heard or already read the post "So you still think God is a merciful God?" by A Miniature Clay Pot. It has gone viral since the shooting.
Late last night, after reading too many news reports on the investigation, I stumbled across this blog post. [If you haven't yet read the post, I highly recommend doing so now!] As I sat in the darkness of the night reading Marie's testimony, a physical, surreal peace came upon me. God was speaking to me. "He is not the cause of evil, but He is the one who can bring comfort and peace in the midst of evil." The imperfections and hardships of this world are reminders of our temporary time here. They help us remember and focus on our eternal goal. They show us that God is only perfect, and only with him will we have abundant peace, joy, and life.
This world is not our home.
|'For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with|
the glory which shall be revealed in us.' - Romans 8:18
Peace to you,