Out of ashes.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”–Matthew 5:4

“Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.”–Psalm 30:5

Today I published a post that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, a post about surprises, and how God works in ways contrary to our expectations. Recent events have thrown into perspective that these ways include unfathomable tragedy.

Yesterday in Aurora, Colorado, a young man named James Holmes ran into a movie theater during the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises and calmly shot and killed 12 people, injuring 70. It was the worst massacre since Virginia Tech. No one expected it. It was a horrible, incomprehensible surprise act of evil that perhaps we will never understand. But knowing Him, the Lord and His unfailingly amazing love will cause beauty to rise out of the ashes of this disaster. I wanted to separate this event from the personal goings-on I mentioned in “Uncontainable” because the scope and tragedy of this event does not even come close to the minor inconveniences in my life. I am privileged to have a family safe and whole at home. As you read this, please continue to keep the people of Aurora and those affected in your prayers. Pray that those grieving will be lavished with comfort, grace, and healing. God used evil circumstances to create goodness in the Bible, and He will do it in Aurora, too.

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