While this may not make tragedy more understandable (who can really understand??), it does make real the words “God with us.”


Blood.  The summer has been bathed in it.  On July 20, James Holmes opened fire at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado killing twelve and wounding fifty-nine others.  On August 5, Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin killing six people and wounding four.  On Friday August 24, Anders Behring Breivik was sentenced to 21 years after being declared sane.  In 2011 Breivik killed 77 people.  How can five brief sentences convey the reality of the deaths of ninety-five people? To say these events defy explanation is…well even the word understatement fails.  Does this leave you feeling numb?  Does it leave an ache in the center of your being?  Does it force you to wonder or even scream “where were you God?”

Where was God?  It’s the default question we ask we confronted with tragedy, pain, or grief.  When someone like James Holmes foists upon us the…

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