Today, evil has struck my hometown. The people are hurting, they are questioning, and they are clinging together to make sense of such an awful act of violence. Today, my alma mater, Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky had an active shooter.
As I woke up this morning, I had all intentions of posting Part 2 of my Holy Land trip. But, phone calls and texts began coming through as the news outlets began reporting. My social media filled with friends worried about one another. That's when I knew that I had to shift my direction.
Marshall County is a place of sweet memories for me! I hung out with my friends in those same places at school, just like the students did this morning. It’s a place where I learned what dedication and commitment meant. It’s a large high school, with loving and caring teachers and administration that pushes you to be the very best you can be. So much of who I am today is because of the drive that was instilled in me there. So, seeing the community hurt, makes me hurt, too.
Scripture tells us in Ephesians 6:12, “for our struggle is not against flesh or blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.”
How do we make sense of a school shooting? How do we make sense when innocent lives are injured and even lost? How do we make sense when precious minds are wounded by such trauma and fear?
The only way that we can go forward is by trusting that God’s Word is true. Satan will attack any way he can – even through our children. Marshall County is a community that loves the Lord and each other. So, Satan looked for and found a way to try to hurt and cause division there.
But TODAY, Satan does not win! TODAY a community will cry together, mourn together and pick one another up when they can’t rise on their own.
Yes, this act of violence hit home for me, but, what I pray I take from this is that for every act of violence in this world, I must remember that someone is hurting or being impacted just as I am today. May my heart be burdened and may my prayer life be consistent for others that I may not know or have a personal connection with. May I not click to the next channel or scroll to the next post without being completely burdened for those that are hurting. May I take the dedication and commitment that I learned at Marshall County High School and turn it into dedication and commitment to pray.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” - James 4:14
So what is your life? There is so much impact we can make for the Kingdom of God while we are here on this earth. Every human being was molded and made by our Creator and we are all precious in His sight. That makes us valuable and of great worth. Today, let’s pray for all of the victims and let’s pray for the shooter. I don’t know his/her heart condition, but I know a God that can redeem and restore anyone!
Laura is a pastor's wife, mom to two crazy fun kids, part-time marketing director, loves hanging out in her community and building relationships...oh and loves to laugh!