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Counting our blessings in our scary worldPosted July 20th, 2012 by Tom
I woke up this morning to the horrifying news that 12 people were killed at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado last night. Tommy Nugent, a Facebook friend of mine wrote, “Strip us naked at the airport all day long for security… it’s the Colorado movie theater type killings we can’t do shit about. Scary.”
All I feel is sad. And helpless. It sometimes feels like we are spinning out of control. What can we do? As Jessica Redfield wrote in her blog post last month (Late Night Thoughts on the Eaton Center Shooting),
Jessica knows. She barely escaped a mass shooting in Toronto last month. Counting her blessings in response to her escape is what her post is all about.
Jessica Redfield was one of the victims who died last night in Aurora.
I count my blessings today. I’m going to do my best to enjoy every moment. And I’ll continue to work for peace and healing.
What else can we do?