My Thoughts On The Colorado Tragedy

***UPDATE: I have added a link (below) to another article that tells of one survior’s story! God is so Good even in the midst of tragedy.***

I don’t have cable or satellite. And for once in my life I did not log on to my computer to check Facebook for a full 24 hours. After working all day on Saturday, I first heard that something bad had happened as I was listening to the K-Love radio station. They didn’t say what happened, just something along the lines of “join us in praying for the victims of the tragedy in Colorado.” When I returned home, I put my girls in bed and grabbed a snack. Then I sat down at the computer and googled “Colorado News” and immediately I knew what happened.

I found an article that showed photos of several of the victims along with a brief statement about each of them. My heart broke when I saw that a 6-year-old girl did not survive and that her mother was still in critical condition. Does the mother know that her daughter died? I don’t know. I can only imagine the pain that family is suffering. Also striking a cord in my heartstrings was the news of a military man who died… Not on the battle field or in the line of duty but as he was enjoying his free time (which for most military members is a luxury). The last count I saw was 12 dead and 58 injured…Ranking this as one of the most horrific shootings in the US.

Then there is the suspect. What was going through his mind? Obviously he has been making preparations for this for several weeks. By most accounts, until that night, he was an educated and upstanding citizen with no history of violence or crime. Why would he all of a sudden decide to throw his life away along with the lives of his victims?

I don’t know why the suspect did what he did. I don’t know why some people died and some people did not. I do know that God hears the cries of the hurting. Join me in praying for everyone involved with this tragedy.

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I came across the following article today which has an interesting perspective that most people would not initially think about:

The Dark Knight Rises Indeed

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I also read this article written Friday (20th) by a mom who was at the theater during the shooting:

So you STILL think God is a merciful God?!

The same mom also wrote the following blog post Saturday (21st) in response to all of the e-mails and comments she received from her first post:

A Response to the Overwhelming Number of Responses

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Here is an amazing story of one of the survivors! God is so Good!

A Miracle Inside the Aurora Shooting: One Victim’s Story

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I am also reminded of a song… The Reason For The World  by: Matthew West

Is Your Soul Well?

More often then not we hear bad things on the news. It is nice to hear a touching news story every once in awhile. If you are able to; watch this short clip…

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/american-heart-neighbors-morgan-mill-texas/story?id=10323278

This woman and her family experienced a tragedy which changed their lives forever in a blink of an eye. Brandi has amazing strength that I only hope that I would have in her situation. Not only does she have faith that she and her family will be ok; but she also expresses concern for the man who randomly picked her as his victim.

At the end of the clip; words from Brandi’s favorite hymn are quoted. “It Is Well With My Soulhappens to be my favorite hymn as well.

This song was written by Horatio G. Spafford but has been sung in many churches and recorded by many artists. In 1873, Spafford sent his wife and four daughters (his son had died a few years before) to England and he was going to follow them soon after. When their ship collided with another ship and sunk; all four of his daughters died. His wife miraculously survived. After hearing the news; Spafford immediately got on a ship to meet his wife. At some point during the voyage; the captain called him to the bridge and told him that they were passing over where his daughter’s ship had wrecked. Horatio wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” when he went back to his cabin. (To read a more details see here.)

The lyrics to this song have brought me comfort many, many times. They are a reminder that we should be looking toward heaven even when things here on earth go horribly wrong. Jesus will bring you comfort if you lean on him during your times of sorrow.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11

“It Is Well With My Soul” Sung by: 4 Him

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.