Wednesday, April 16, 2008

We're All Hokies Today

This is the one year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech ( you can visit their remembrance website is here.)
Today, 3o+ families are having to relive the awful tragedy that was that day. I just can't imagine what they are feeling and thinking. We hosted one of the funerals after the tragedy--it was a sobering experience.
In my experience, American's generally don't know what to do in the face of grief. We don't know how to lament and how to let others lament. It makes us...uncomfortable. So we say nothing and do nothing--hoping to sweep the issue under the rug and out of our zone of awareness. 'Don't do anything and it will go away', we think.
So pray for those families today, including the family of the shooter who are bear the double burden of grief and shame. My prayer for them is an image: Jesus--the man of sorrows and acquainted with grief--embracing them while they cry, weeping with them.
My initial post on this just after it happened, is here.

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