Following The Westroads Tragedy

For the past several hours I’ve tried to put my thoughts into words following Wednesday’s tragedy at Westroads Mall.

But the words won’t come just yet.

In the meantime, I’d like to share an email I received this morning from Dr. Fred Richart of the UNO Campus Ministry.

The city we live in became a more difficult place to understand yesterday. A man armed with a rifle killed eight of his fellow humans in what appears to be a random act of rage against the world. Words to describe this event are difficult to come by. Our pain and fear is real.

However, God is present among us today, just as I believe God was present at the Westroads Mall yesterday afternoon. God is always present. God is not a being “out there” causing random acts of inter-human destruction. This event was not God’s will or God’s plan. The victims involved did not deserve this.

God is the loving presence between people when they gather. so it will be good to set some time aside today to listen to each other—students, friends, co workers, colleagues, and family. We are all seeking some kind of way to make sense of this violence, to pray, to wonder.

You can look for me at MBSC fireplace lounge and the food court this morning if you’d like to have some conversation or a time of reflection or prayer. You can always feel free to email or call as well.

May God be real in your lives today and always. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “Following The Westroads Tragedy

    • Yes, I was at work, but it’s only a quick, 8-minute drive to the mall where it happened. It has been an emotional 24 hours, that’s for sure. It’s chilling to hear your hometown on the national news and splashed on the major news Web sites.

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