My Facebook has been blowing up with prayers and other responses to what has happened last night in Aurora, CO as a gunman entered a crowded movie theater and opened fire. While I’m sure more information and pieces of this tragic story will unfold, we are already offering prayers of lament and hope to that community. I invite the Table, East Dallas Christian Church, and our friends all over to join with us in yearning for justice and healing in the days ahead.
One response that connected me back to scripture was by my friend, Jose Morales, regional minister in the Rocky Mountain region. He shared the following words. Click the link to read the rest, including a response from our great friends at Week of Compassion.
Early this morning, while many slept safely in their homes, a gunman opened fire at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 (most current count), and injuring dozens more. As we can imagine, this has stunned our human family in Aurora, Denver Metro and beyond. Many of those killed and wounded in this atrocity were young, some were little children. This comes on the heels of the ravaging wildfires in our Region. So this goes without saying: it has been a long summer for us.
In these tragic moments, there are no set of doctrines, no quick-answer Bible verses, that can calm our fears, satiate our anger, dispel our doubts, or make sense of the darkness at work in the world. (The shadows of the Columbine massacre still linger over us.) The unsettling “why” questions become the sole substance of our thoughts and prayers: Why us? Why them and not us? Why now? Why here? Why, God? Why?
While there are no quick answers in the Bible, the Bible nonetheless makes space, and even sanctions, our anger, doubts, fears, and laments.