Thursday, August 22, 2019

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I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure. Eric Liddell

Many of us are drawn into the Olympics in London viewing the outcome of athletes that have dedicated years to obtain the coveted Gold Medal.  Years spent perfecting their sport.  Each one committed to hours of emotional fatigue, mental focus, physical exertion, but in particular I am encouraged by the number of athletes who express their spiritual faith in God for giving them their talent.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Sunday, August 5th, in a suburb of Milwaukee, a lone gunman entered a Sikh temple, opened fire and killed six people before he himself was shot and killed. Reports say that there have been at least three other men who were shot but will recover. The investigation, led by the FBI, is currently ongoing and more information will be released as it is made available.

What’s the Christian Response?

Frayed RopeAs I sit down to write this blog/devotional my thoughts are swirling…should I share about a sermon my pastor preached this past week on getting the answer to the question asked by Gideon when he asked, “Why are we having so much trouble if the Lord is with us?”

Should I share some reflections on a quote by Lincoln that was brought back to mind after the shooting in Colorado? The statement that questioned God’s will between sides. The statement that says, “In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party; and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to affect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true; that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

Should I reflect on a passage I read in a book this past week that explains how God calls us to live in the tension between humanity and Christ-likeness?

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!”