Hell Comes to Norway

We weep with Norway. All the world has lost much this day.

2011 continues to be a terrible year.

Just last week, the Global Peace Index came out with their report and based on their analysis, Norway was placed 9th of a list of most peaceful and safe countries.  This is not surprising for a country with few if any conflicts through its history, in possession of an open society and low crime rate as well as being the home of the Nobel Peace Prize.

But in the last 24hours, this peace was shattered by a bomb blast in central Oslo and a mass shooting of teenagers camping on the island of Utoya by single gunman.  The combined death toll at the time of this post is 92 and may still rise.

Such things have never happened before in Norway but that innocence has now been lost forever.

It often feels like this whole world is full of violence and despair but there have always been oasis of peace and stability in the sea of turmoil.  Places like Norway were  like  solid rocks, safe havens or sanctuaries where the hope for peace and humanity still burned bright.  Thus, when something like this tragedy happens in Norway, it feels like the desecration of a sacred spot.

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Jen Stoltenberg, said in an interview, “Utoya was the paradise of my youth, now it has become hell.”  I feel in the same way, hell has come to Norway.

I wish the people of Norway well and share in their period of sorrow at all the lives lost.  Stoltenberg promised to help the youth to recover Utoya and all the sense of freedom of speech and beliefs and the sense of safety it represented.  May I wish that all Norway too will find a similar healing.

O Lord, over the nations now
Where is the dove of peace?
Her wings are broken
O Lord, while precious children starve
The tools of war increase
Their bread is stolen

 O Lord, dark powers are poised to flood
Our streets with hate and fear
We must awaken!
O Lord, let love reclaim the lives
That sin would sweep away
And let Your kingdom come
(lyrics from the song, "O Lord the clouds are gathering" by Graham Kendrick)



15 thoughts on “Hell Comes to Norway”

  1. It’s incredible that. The bastard killed nearly one hundred humans, mostly children.

    It is confusing. Other mass murders, when men went into schools and killed, were of a “ritualized” kind – they put on something like a uniform and such. And most important: They did not even think about coming back or surviving: They either were killed or killed themselves. It was something like the last step out.
    This one put down the guns when the teams arrived and cornered him. There is either another dimension of madness or – I do not know. It’s so monstroes!

    There are still reports about a second man, it’s not over yet. They do search for another killer.

  2. It is difficult to comprehend this evil action of a human. To aim this action at children when they are not responsible for any thing. We can only pray that God will give comfort to the families of the lost. Eternity in hell sometimes just doesn’t seem enough punishment but vengeance is the Lords.

  3. Owen,

    Naturally, we seek to ask why. Why did this guy do this horrible act? But perhaps we will never understand the answer. It may remain incomprehensible for all decent men and women.

    Indeed it is hard to feel any thing for this person except the need for justice and retribution. Yet as we have benefited from God’s love and grace, we can only best leave it in God’s hands.

  4. So sad for those young people and their families, all of Norway and the rest of us too. Inexplicable actions of a madman, surely. Seems like no-one is safe anywhere anymore.

  5. Hi and thanks I am A Norwegian who came just 5 minutes after the bomb exploded in the City Centre. On my blog today you find quotes and words based upon Buddha and a slideshow taken by me in the night after the attacks the streets where empty so please pay a visit on my blog and If you feel like write some words http://wp.me/p1keER-vd

  6. It is so shocking. My heart goes out to all the people in oslo and Norwegian. Your lyrics are beautiful. The nutter seems to have come from a good family. He had planned it all and even made a you tube video which he sent to 7000 people on facebook. It is unbelievable that this is possible and that somebody is capable of something like this.

  7. kenneth,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. My sincere sympathies and condolences for the tragic loss of life and trauma suffered by your country – but indeed it affects us all. You are an incredible positive person and just what is needed to offset the negativity of this incident.

    who knows what evil dwells in the hearts of men.

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