It wasn’t even quite a year since “Hell Came to Norway” and we mourned for the youth slained at Utoya and those murdered in Oslo, Norway. Before we had even the opportunity to remember the victims on the first anniversary of that attack, a new tragedy of the same ilk has stricken the small community of Aurora, Colorado.
I noticed that among all the blogs that I normally visit, only two mentioned this incident and only one had a specific post on it. I think many of us are becoming numb to the increased frequency and atrocity levels of these incidents. I was away for the weekend at a friend’s wedding and I wanted so much to shut out all the bad news and I didn’t even feel like posting anything on it.
But in the end, I could not allow myself to let it pass unmarked. The victims and their families need our prayers and support. Those who lost their lives deserve to be remembered, to be celebrated and to be mourned. All of us need to be healed.
The picture at the top of this post is of the memorial service held by friends of one of the victims, AJ Boik. (Photocredit: Reuters). I think the picture points us in the right direction by focusing on celebrating the many beautiful lives that have been affected and celebrating that beauty; instead of giving the gunman the attention that he might crave.
Finally, I just want to repeat the prayer I made a year ago and extend it for the newly fallen in Aurora, Colorado.
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)