Do we blame someone?
Well, the shooters, of course.
And we can be mad at the 2nd Amendment, or we can be glad for the 2nd Amendment.
Those people who went to the El Paso Walmart certainly didn't think those were their last few minutes on earth.
And in Dayton, Ohio, those folks may not have been thinking how they'd wake up the next morning (today) but they surely weren't thinking they wouldn't.
I know. I'm stating the obvious.
But here's what I think:
This world is crazy.
It always has been. Look at history.
No one is going to get out alive.
Here are some verses I found that give me solace:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
And there's the whole chapter of Psalm 46...
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
If you have some Bible verses to share - or some words of comfort - please share (in the comments here - or on Facebook).
And don't get political, please.
(I'm talking to myself.)
So what do we do with these shootings?
We pray... for our country and our world, that peace would come eventually, and that we (me) would love our neighbors.
(I'm just wound up. Thanks for reading.)