Honestly, my heart is heavy today.
Just two hours south of us, a crazed man opened fire in a pub yesterday killing eight people, then himself.
How does this sort of thing happen??
While you sadly read about such things in the news often these days, it doesn't feel real until it's close to home.
Thus my heart is hurting for the families of all who lost loved ones right here in the Czech Republic yesterday. How many knew Jesus??
And I hurt for the fear this places in the hearts of people in that town. And perhaps across the country tonight.
I tend to focus on the positive and look for the good: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." It's one of the passages in Scripture I try to live by.
But I also acknowledge that evil is absolutely present in this world, and that we can't turn a blind eye to it and think it will go away. It won't: "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
How utterly grateful and thankful I am for this truth though: "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
I don't know how you deal with what's in the news these days. The only way I deal with it is through the hope of Christ and His victory. I'd be lost without that hope.
Claire wrote a meaningful blog post on this same event. You can read it HERE.