Tuesday, December 11, 2007
That could've been any one of us
A co-worker told me about a shooting incident at a mall in the U.S. yesterday. He also briefly mentioned that there was another shooting that happened in a church he used to go to. For some reason, it just didn't connect with me. I remember mumbling a random oh-my-gosh but it just didn't sink until I actually visited the church's website today.
Can you imagine that? Coming from a worship service, staying a little while for a Christmas party at church, getting out of the building ready to get on home to rest, then facing a man with a gun pointed at you, shooting you dead. And all this happens in what you thought was the safest place in the world.
I'm just too stunned right now to say something that makes sense.
It is violent. It is frightening. It upsets me that someone would kill randomly. It could've been me. It could've been you. It could've been anyone of us.
Learning about this news made me remember:
Truth #1: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. We have an enemy. He is real and he will do anything, use anything, no matter how depraved, no matter how senseless, no matter how cruel.
Truth #2: Jesus said: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. No life given to Jesus Christ is ever lived in vain. Even in death, God's purposes always prevails. And in death comes the promised life everlasting.
Thank God for that.