Prayer needed now more than ever

Published 4:45 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On Friday, I switched on my computer and made a quick check of Facebook.

There were the usual posts – status updates about new jobs, engagement announcements and vacation photos. I quickly scanned through them. Everything appeared to be normal.

Then I saw it. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

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My friend had posted a link to a news story about the recent shootings in Colorado at the premier of “The Dark Knight Rises.” I followed the link and learned that a gunman had opened fire in a crowded theater, killing 12 and injuring another 58.

I sat at my computer stunned. I stared at the screen trying to make sense of it all. My mind searched for answers.

None came.

How could they? How is it possible to make sense of something so senseless? This is one of the worst mass shootings in the history of our country.

Why James Holmes walked into that theater in Aurora, Colo., and killed those men, women and children is a mystery. It’s a mystery that may never be solved.

There will be those that say he did it because he watched too many violent movies. Or maybe that he played too many first-person shooter games on his computer. Or maybe that this all happened because our country’s gun-control laws aren’t tough enough.

Maybe one or all of those things are true. In the wake of such a tragedy we certainly need to examine the type of movies we watch and the video games we play. Our elected officials need to take a hard look at our gun-control laws and make sure that there are policies and procedures in place to help prevent events like the Colorado shooting from happening in the future.

But most importantly we need to pray. We need to pray for the victims and their families. We need to pray for James Holmes. We need to pray for our nation. We need to pray for healing.