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Tragedies and Violence

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I was horrified by the news of the shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.  I cannot even imagine what was going through this young man's mind to commit such an act against innocent people who were looking forward to the midnight showing of the latest Batman movie.

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It is also one year ago that the massacre occurred on the island of Utoya and the Oslo bombings in Norway.  It's beyond me how people justify their actions.  A distant cousin of mine was on the island during the shooting and survived by hiding in a latrine.

I read a blog post written by a Christian woman who was in the theater in Aurora with her daughter.  They both survived and she wrote about her experience.  I would highly recommend reading this one.  It's so hard to make sense out of a tragedy like this.  She wrote the following words on A Miniature Clay Pot:

God is always good.
Man is not.
Don’t get the two confused.
We will continue to praise and worship our mighty God, anticipating that He will bring beauty from ashes, as only He can do.

This touched my heart.

I don't have all the answers.  I don't understand why people choose to commit such horrific acts.

Debbie Petras
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  1. I have been thinking a lot about this horrible tragedy as well. I have done a lot of praying for all those involved. I have prayed quite a bit for the family of this troubled young man too. How horrifying for all of them too. How could you not wonder how you could have missed that he was capable of such a thing they have to be thinking. The guilt (though misplaced of course) they too have to be feeling. It is all soo senseless and sad. How I hate things like this, but how much more our God must hate it too. Bringing beauty from the ashes is a something He can and will do! Hope you have a good day! HUGS

  2. Dear Debbie,
    I agree. These actions don't come from God, they come from evil.
    I discussed with two relatively young female Americans earlier this summer. I said, I don't watch American crime series at all, even though our country is flooded by them.
    They seem to exceed each other in brutal and disgusting close ups.
    Children are warned if a naked breast is shown on the TV, but not against the ongoing and increasing violence in the most macabre forms.
    Knowing how much influence only seconds of commercials is supposed to have, I reckon the many action, fiction and crime movies to be one gigantic advertisement for crime.
    Let's boycott it!

  3. Hi Debbie, Thank you for sharing a Miniature Clay Pot(I now get her emails)-profound testimony. This weekend a sil was at a prison here in Colorado doing chapel/prayer services and the inmates were so upset-crying for the man who did this and beseeching the Lord to save him.
    May the Lord be glorified through testimonies of people who were there.
    Hugs today.

  4. It is senseless and terribly tragic but a sign of the times, I'm afraid. When people don't seek to follow after God and His commandments of how we should live this kind of thing happens and will continue to happen. It is evil to the core. I also read the mother's account of being at the showing of the movie with her two teen-age daughters. It was a great article and I believe the Lord was glorified through it. This is why I wrote in my post today about Psalm 91 and the importance of praying it over ourselves and our families daily. I am going to make sure I make it a habit.
    Love & Prayers,

  5. And, when I saw his unconcerned face today when he went to court, I wondered what in the world he was thinking. What a sick, sick individual!

    Love the words of "A Miniature Clay Pot."

    Our only peace comes from knowing He is still on His throne.

    Blessings to you!

  6. Hi friend~ I, too, don't understand. But I've seen others post the words of this brave and Godly woman, and I'm heading over there to read her post right now. Thank you for posting. Love you~


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