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  1. Events such as took place at VT shake me to the depths of my soul – the place that has no name, no description, but offends and injures the very core of my spirit. My grief is so deep; for the victims, their family, friends, associates; for the offender’s family and friends (seems he didn’t have even one); for the human race as we move ever nearer to end-time prophesies.

    I think the strip above is speaks volumes about our culture today. I find that after 48 hours of being bombarded with every possible news station covering every possible angle (in case there is still one that hasn’t been reported) of every possible witness, suspect, or stone that was remotely near or associated with the story, I go numb. I saw an interview of one student that was shot in the arm, who managed to baracade the door to his classroom after the shooter had his rampage there. When asked how he thought he would process what he had experienced, he responded, “I just want to forget about it and get on with my life.” That struck me odd. I know it’s a normal reaction to want to forget a personal experience that horrific, but the overall message resonated with me in light of our culture as a whole. We have insulated ourselves to such a degree that we don’t have a clue what suffering takes place within and without this country. Over-stimulated, over-indulged, over-drawn, “over-it-all” seems to be the recipe of the day. Lord, lay your burden upon my heart, and let me cry it out to you!

  2. I encourage you to post here. Among the many things learned at Eastgate is that we need to encourage other Christians. This is one reason to go to a meeting of Christians. Another would be to worship Christ in harmony with others. Posting here, I believe is a good thing like going to the meeting.

    Thus, I encourage others to post and help alleviate the solitude of the few.

    I value Tracy’s post and the comic about the leper. Somehow it does not seem normal to feel pain all the time. The comic seems to say that we should be feeling the pain all the time. The shooter at Va Tech was in a world of pain, brought to a critical mass, unleashed one thousand fold bringing tragedy to so many families. Now he seems doomed to eternal suffering. Is that because of the failure of the others around him to reach him with love?

    Can joy and pain coexist in the human heart? Did Christ have a good time at the wedding he and the apostles attended free from feeling the pain of humanity at that moment? If we become insensitive to the pain and suffering of those around us, what kind of Christians are we?

    But then, if we are suffering ourselves, are we to suffer more by feeling the pain of others and then somehow still keep positive? Maybe that is why alcohol and drugs are so popular?

    Grief, sorrow, and pain are not friends but my constant companions.

    Well, do you know that when the surf is up I forget about these things and just praise God give thanks. I know there is an answer in that someway somehow. Perhaps one of the gardeners can help me to figure it out.

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