3 Things Believers Can Do After the Mass Shooting at Umpqua Community College

  1. Sensitize

Pause. Stop what you are doing for 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes. Close your eyes, so you can find a place of deep empathy.

Imagine an ordinary, mundane day. Going to school. Going to work. Dropping off kids. Managing schedules. Making sure you are on time. Seeing someone and setting up lunch plans.

Then imagine the day being interrupted by the crack and heat of gunfire.

Imagine receiving the garbled text, the frantic call, the inexplicable news that someone you love has been hurt, or killed.

Imagine the overwhelming feeling of insanity – the horror and numbness – that these families must be enduring right now.

Dip into empathy’s waters and sit there for a moment.

Take a beat to sensitize.

  1. Pray

We serve a God not just of the easy times, but also of the hardest ones.

The type of pain that is beyond our ability to endure. The type of darkness that clouds all vision and threatens to overwhelm.

Pray for God to come into this situation right now. That the Spirit would draw near to those affected – the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, husbands, wives, and loved ones all.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit…(Ps. 34:18)

Our sisters and brothers are crushed right now. Come, Lord Jesus. Come.

  1. Discern, and prepare to act

We might not all agree on each of the solutions.

But surely we can agree – something is very, very wrong in our country.

This is the 45th shooting at a school this year, in 2015.

There have literally been more mass shootings than days this year.

We are in the midst of an epidemic. We need spiritual, moral and practical responses.

We have to grieve. We must cover this situation in prayer. But we also have to act.

I am watching, grieving, and praying. I will also be following some of these organizations for updates in the coming days on local and national actions we can take. I hope you will too.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence