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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Troubling Times

Tonight I'm praying for a high school in Ohio that I don't even know where it is.  All I know is that we are living in scary times, and we never know what tomorrow holds. I'm sure that those students sitting in the cafeteria yesterday morning never expected to be the victims of a school shooting.  I can imagine them sitting there at the tables, texting on their cell phones and blowing bubbles and playing Temple Run, tweeting to friends and posting pictures with their tongues stuck out onto Facebook.  Regardless of where they live, what part of the country, teenagers are pretty much the same.  Same worries, same hopes.  Same problems...

It's hard to understand what would motivate a shooter to open fire on a group of peers.  I've not even watched the news enough to know the details of the shooting; I do know that being a teenager is hard.  They say this wasn't about bullying or drugs.  Nooone really understands...  A life cut short... a life unlived.  But we are only promised today... that's why we must live each moment to the fullest.  Our life is a vapor... here today, gone tomorrow.  Appreciate your loved ones.  Be grateful.  Try not to complain.

And parents, love your kids.  Love other people's kids.  Love kids that you don't know, that you'll never speak to.  Smile.  Pat them on the back.  Encourage them.... your words may be the only kind words they hear.  Treat others as you'd want to be treated.  And pray.  There's a devil out there, folks... a roaring lion. Seeking.  Looking to eat us up. Be sober.  Be vigilant.  We have the victory...

Prayers for all those involved in the Chadron shooting.  Prayers for the family of the victims, for all those kids in the cafeteria Monday morning, and for the shooting suspect.  May comfort and peace be given in these difficult days ahead.  And Lord, please look out for America.  There are still some of us seeking You...

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