On Thursday afternoon, ten people were killed in a shooting at Umpqua Community College. During tragedies like this, many are left wondering how God could allow horrific things like this to happen to innocent people and how to make sense of the hurting inflicting their pain on others.
In Romans 3:10-18, the Lord says, "There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery marks their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes."
No one on this Earth deserves this life and each second we spend alive is given to us through the grace of God. Unfortunately, the victims of the Umpqua shooting had their lives taken far earlier than anyone would dream.
During this time we must pray for the victims and their families. We must pray for the shooter and forgiveness. We must pray for the mentally ill. Pray for peace, faith, and answers.