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{July 20, 2012}   12 Dead and several injured. What’s going on?!

“This is a horrific event,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told a news conference, adding that a suspect was taken into custody in the parking lot behind the theater. He had initially put the death toll at 14, but a spokesman later told NBC the toll had been revised to 12.

taken from – http://news.yahoo.com/ten-killed-denver-movie-shooting-local-radio-083209128.html

I, like many people in this “Smartphone age,” woke up this morning to check facebook and see what happened while I was sleeping.  The first post I see is from a friend in northern Virginia posting the following status:

“Woke up this morning to see that life is now imitating art. Everything on the news reflects every bad movie out there. Praying for the families who thought they would see their kids come home from the movie last night. I’m going to the source that brings light, not dark.”

I wasn’t sure what she was talking about but figured maybe someone up in her area had had a car accident or something and teens didn’t make it home from a movie.  As I scrolled a little further, I saw many other comments and posts about how they would be praying for the families involved in the shooting in Denver.  In my mind these were still separate incidence and began to really agree with my friend’s original post.

“Everything on the news reflects every bad movie out there.”

What it would be like to live a day in the Leave it to Beaver days.  I know it is just a TV show.  I know that everyday life wasn’t like that.  But oh to be able to rest in the fact that when your kids went to school, you could bank on the worst they would come home with being a black eye from a scuffle on the playground.  And even, it would be an isolated incident.  Throw a couple punches and it’s done.  Oh to be part of a world where are kids are generally safe.  Where you can leave your car doors unlocked and help people stranded on the side of the road.

When I think about how we can make that type of a world a reality, I can’t help but be reminded that we have to be the change we want to see in the world.  Every change starts with me (and you).

For me, I know that I have to make the following changes, today:

  • Time with my Maker isn’t only reserved for the morning hours.  Thank Him for everything I have, see and love.
  • Make time to smile at people in the stores.  Slow down…
  • Tell people what they mean to me, DAILY.  Never assume they know.

If I made these changes in myself, maybe a domino style avalanche would happen in the lives of people I have contact with.  And then maybe the people they have contact with.  Maybe over time, we’d see a renewal in our country and the world.

These are my three changes, what about you?  What do you want to see change in the world and what will you commit to changing in order to see that change in the world?

Cheers,

Andrea

PS: If you blogged about the Denver Shootings, please comment with your link below.  Lets offer support to each other during this time of confusion.  Offer support to those you see hurting.  Offer a kind word, a smile…

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below I have provided a link to the blog of one of last night’s victims. Jessica Redfield describes her experience at a Toronto mall just a month ago when her intuition lead her outside just minutes before a gunman open fire on the food court. Oh God how I wish things would have gone the same last night for her. :(

http://jessicaredfield.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/late-night-thoughts-on-the-eaton-center-shooting/



I learnt about the shootings from WordPress blogs. Who needs news when you have WordPress to tell you about what is happening.



Isn’t it amazing? Things have changed so much over the years, and not ALL of those have been for the worst. Be safe friend.



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