Saturday, December 07, 2019

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In an article done by Assist News regarding the shooting that took place last Friday, Michael Ireland, a Senior International Correspondent, shared the story of a lady who was at the showing with her 2 teenage children. She made a statement that I believe resonates the truth that needs to be remembered in this time. She stated:

Yes, there was one evil act, but it is being covered by thousands, possibly millions of acts of kindness.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around how people can do such evil…especially when it is directed towards our fellow man.  While there is no easy way to understand, if we ever truly can understand at all, the article also provided an answer. In a statement by Dr. Ted Baehr, a media expert, he explains:

Early in the morning on July 20, 2012, a lone gunman entered a movie theater and opened fire shooting 71 people; 12 of which died. Investigation is ongoing, but they have a suspect in custody.

This “active shooter” is an isolated incident, yet there are precautions that can be taken to help prepare for such an event as well as to help assist others in a similar situation.

The Biblical Response to an Active Shooter

Storm CloudIn the past few weeks we have seen multiple disasters across the nation. We had fires in the West, flooding in the South, and mass power outages coupled with record heat in the East. Each of these events caused death.

I personally lived through the Derecho in the east that caused the power outages. I was fortunate to not have experienced a power outage, but everyone experienced the Derecho (a fast moving storm).  One of the common statements I heard by my friends in the days that followed was, “I had no idea a storm was even coming!” Now, I will admit I am a bit of an extreme weather junky. I blame my job in emergency preparedness and my degree in emergency management! But even before the past few years when I gained more insight into this field, I was the kid who thought it would be “cool” to live through every known natural disaster so long as I knew I would survive…but I digress.

“I had no idea a storm was even coming!”

Gods LovePsalm 37:3-6

“Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun.”

Video: One Thing Remains

The Bible says: “Rejoice in the Lord always. [I may appear repetitious, Paul says, but] I will say it once more; rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

How can a person not worry or be anxious when the storm is rising and headed their way; a loved one has been involved in a terrible accident and is hanging onto life; or perhaps you are thirty-two years old, married to the love of your life, with two wonderful children.  Suddenly one day you are diagnosed with stage four cancer and the future is very dismal.  How, tell me how are you to rejoice in such dismal circumstances and not become anxious?

We must read and listen closely; the statement is not recommending that we rejoice in the circumstance, the statement is stating rejoice in the Lord! 

God Refreshes

Through daily life, we need to be refreshed. Refreshment can come in many different ways. This morning I felt refreshed by a cool breeze after a quick run. This weekend, I felt refreshed by setting aside time to seek and hear from God.

What are some ways that you have felt refreshed lately?