I’ve never stared down the barrel of a gun. I’ve been scared and I’ve been panicked, but I’ve never felt my life on the fringe of leaving this realm. I’ve had moments where I’ve thought, “That could have ended fatally,” but didn’t think that it would. As I read and watch another tragedy that has hit “my backyard,” most recently this mass shooting in Las Vegas, my heart breaks once again, and I wonder how I would handle being directly involved in such a situation. As our illusions of security and safety are stripped away, revealing the ugliness and sin that has always been present in this world, I question my strength, my ability to cope. It’s as if we clench our muscles during the in between, just waiting to hear of the next catastrophe. We dare not think, “It could never happen here,” because it can and it has. The world is falling apart under our feet—how do we not crumble with it?
In the middle school ministry at First Baptist, we are going through a series in which we read a popular Bible verse and study the context and meaning of it. It has been a great experience for our students, so I want to share a little bit of it with you. Continue reading →