Suffocated by noxious fumes, terrified by gunshots, the crowd, once excited to watch a new Batman movie, wanted nothing more than escape.
Evil came calling in that theater after midnight. Stealing lives, crushing hopes, bringing an onslaught of pain and suffering to victims, families, workers, and a city. To us evil is no stranger. He came at Columbine and Chucky Cheese. And this dark night’s deed brings not just its own hurt, but awakens hurtful memories from other nightmares.
Know I am not the only one who’s heart is crying out to stop this enemy onslaught! Tears brim my eyes as I watch the grieving families who speak of their loved ones. An ache rises up in my chest for the Moms and Dads and brothers and sisters who have lost a dear one. My heart hurts when watching a tough policeman almost break down on an interview as he speaks of what he and his men have seen and gone through. Helpless to bring youth back to life as they rushed to help wherever it was possible. The bloody carnage will return in nightmares and linger in minds for a long time.
Evil came calling in the dark of night. How appropriate! Evil cannot stand the light, flees from the light. That is the truth! So how do we keep evil from returning? WE carry in the light. Who is the Light? You know! Jesus is the light!
Open the doors of darkness in our schools and allow the light of truth to enter in. Return honor to God and the ten commandments to revive the light in our students. Give them a place to go with their pain ~ a Person to go to ~ One Who is capable like no other! Jesus loves like no other. He is the answer to many who feel hopeless. He is the dream restorer. Let us teach our children Who loves them more than any other, Who has the answers they seek. Build an inner highway to our God, a relationship to sustain and strengthen like nothing else is able to do.
O God almighty! I believe this tragedy is one of the warnings You are giving us. You are calling us to return to You, so You can bring our nation to salvation. Yes, eternal salvation and also earthly salvation ~ return us from a fleshly nation of selfishness to a nation of integrity and honor. I fear for us.
This is a call to all the sleepers whose only concern is “me, my family, and my possessions”. Open eyes to see the truly suffering; see the sneaky machinations of the enemy’s attempts to lead this country to destruction with immorality running rampant pulling our youth into the slime, debt overwhelming us, our kids and even grandkids, which also is downgrading us in the eyes of the world.
Evil hates freedom. But we are allowing freedom of religion to be gradually pushed out and eliminated; the second amendment is being threatened and no one even knows it. Our very constitution that formed this great nation is being attacked, and like the slow cooking frog, we are lazily unaware of the threat.
Wake us Lord!!