I've been thinking a lot about the horrors surrounding the Colorado shooting just a few days ago. So many people have been affected in so many different ways. Right when I think, "I need to focus my prayers on them," someone else pops into mind.
What about the employees who saw this unfold? They are working day after day in the place where people were murdered (if not this week, then at some point in the future).
What about the murderer's parents and family? What kind of crazy emotions are they experiencing?
What about every person who knew the victims or people affected in some way? What about the people who are having flashbacks because of a past tragedy that affected them? Or the people who are still in the hospital?
This is a time when we need to pull together as a nation and pray for strength for everyone involved. A trial of the murderer will happen (he desperately needs the Lord!). Funerals will happen. Lives will need to be put back together - both in the hospital and at home. And people are needed to make all these things happen.
Two words come to mind when thinking about the part I can play: support and prayer.
Support people in this situation. Support good. Support right. Support help. Support ... even in your arguments and comments and "sharing" of things online.
Pray over people every time you think of them.
And... in case this blog would be seen by anyone who lost a friend that day, here's a link to my blog on how to help a grieving friend. It's a little of what I've learned may help someone who is grieving. Perhaps something I say might help you help your friend/family member. Remember... their journey of grief will last much longer than the publicity surrounding the shootings. Even when you think of them in a few months or years, say a prayer for grace for them. They'll need it.
Blessings to you. God is still on the throne and He is working to be with everyone affected by this tragedy. He still reigns in this world.