What violence isn’t senseless?
One of the things that haunted me when the World Trade Center was attacked was the thought of the victims going about their regular routine–on a beautiful sunny day at that–only to be struck down. Thousands and thousands of lives sadly changed forever. Because of senseless violence.
Now the image of happy theatergoers at a midnight screening of the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado–only out for a good time–attacked as the film began, with gunfire and noxious gas, is all over the news. Senseless violence.
I can wallow in the injustice. Or I can bring something constructive to the table.
I was listening to a new song “I’ll forgive” by Michelle Armstrong as I read the news on Twitter. The irony hit me hard. Forgive? It seems too soon. The horror too fresh.
But is it? It wasn’t too soon for Jesus to forgive the soldier who was leading him to his death. He did it without process.
Armstrong’s refrain is one that I’m going to stick with today:
I’ll forgive and pardon
until 70 x 7, And still
For us both, from within I know
We all need compassion and grace to grow
I’ll be thinking about God’s compassion and gentle comforting presence today. She’s on the job effectively loving every single person affected by this tragedy in Aurora.
Will you pray with me?Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Follow responses with the RSS feed
Topics: Safety | Tags: Aurora, Batman, Colorado, shooting, theater