They followed his instructions, laying on the ground in the classroom.
Then one at a time, he called them to stand. "Are you a Christian?"
My husband says to never show a gun unless you intend to use it.
Twenty-six years old. What could entice him to use the gun he held -- to pull a trigger that sent a bullet thudding into vulnerable flesh -- Christian flesh. The body of Christ. Family.
My sister and brother-in-law drove out of our driveway on Tuesday. Just Tuesday of this last week. After spending four and a half wonderful days visiting. We talked and laughed. We visited and caught up. We talked about family, and God, and being a Christian. We loved on each other. It was special.
And then I watch the news.
Why, why, and why?
I hear words.
Reeling. Shocked. Anger. Prayer. Heroes. Gun control. Sickened.
There have been 45 school shootings in the United States this year, according to The Independent and the Huffington Post.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Linking with Kate and the wonderful family at Five Minute Friday