I was stunned this afternoon when one of the PROMISE Graduate Assistants at UMCP came into the office and asked if I’d heard about VA Tech. I hadn’t, so I went to google news immediately. It’s nearly 8 p.m and I’m still peeled to the TV news to see if I can learn more. My Goodness! I care about all of the victims, and this especially hits home because as a campus administrator, I’m naturally concerned about the students on any campus. I’m also wondering about the well-being of our fellow NSBE, SHPE, and AISES students … especially since the shootings took place in Norris Hall, the Engineering Building. In NSBE, VA Tech is in Region II, and I used to be the Region II Vice Chair many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the students, faculty, and staff who were lost in this tragic event. May peace reign going forward.
I too have been praying for all involved and their families. The saddest part to me is the implied hopelessness for life the shooter must have felt. Jesus went to the cross that we might have life and hope! I pray that people turn to God and find hope, so that others won’t turn on their fellowmen and then on themselves. May God, who is the god of all comfort, grant grace and strength to the affected families.
Donna O, Thank you very much for your comment. I saw that the campus was having prayer on the grounds yesterday. I believe that hope will prevail.
I had a similar thought to Donna’s, regarding the implied hopelessness experienced by the shooter. It crossed my mind that WE all could be as hopeless as he was:
“The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall!” – Lamentation 3:19
But thanks be to God, He chose to give us hope, as the verses that follow read:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in him.’”
It’s not that we’re better, it’s just that we have the Savior who rescues us from our hopelessness.