The tragedy of this mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado is horrifying. It has been on my mind most of the day and affected my preaching. I did say a word calling for a contempt for violence and we, the Columbia Church of Christ, did spend time praying for the many victims of this shooting (and even for the accused killer).
Yet my heart is still disturbed and hurts for the families and surviving victims of this tragedy. I also spent part of my afternoon with a woman who is caring for her dying husband who is resting in a hospice center and probably only has a few more days to live.
Death is in the air. Mourning, crying, and pain is in the air.
Still, my faith is that God has entered our story in the person of Jesus Christ and through his death and resurrection, offers us the promise of hope that one day…
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
– Revelation 21:1-4