Shootings in Aurora

First thing this morning my cell phone was going crazy with texts from all over, “Is everybody okay?”  “We’re praying for you…”

What horror.  After reading the news I first wondered about my son Blake.  Sure enough, he had been invited to the movie.  After a few minutes I was able to reach him and he in fact didn’t attend and neither did his friends who were planning to do so.

The Aurora Mall was blocked off except for police and media.  I got to Gateway HS at about 9:45.  There were lots of friends and family in shock, awaiting word.  There were police, pastors, counselors, victim’s advocates, etc.  And they were keeping the press outside.

Updates were coming every 20 minutes or so.  The guy in charge was doing a nice job relaying as much info as possible and calming everyone given the situation.  

When I left a couple hours later they were still waiting, being told info may not come for another 2-3 hours.

What is going on with Aurora and the Denver Metro area?  It seems like we have a bullseye and evil is pulling the trigger.

For me it is a reminder of the power of evil.  It is a time to grieve as a city with the victims and families.

And it is time to join Jesus in what He wants to do in this city.  Who is going to go after the youth of our families and city and call them to something more?  Who is going to extend the loving acceptance of Jesus?  Who will reflect the affirmation of a Father who loves them?  Who will call them to a greater purpose than finding what makes them feel happy in the moment?  And who will lovingly ask what is going on in their lives and challenge unhealthy anger, bitterness and evil?

“The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come to give you life and life to the full.”  Jesus, in John 10:10

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

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