Fort Hood made global headlines in 2009 when Nidal Hasan killed 13 soldiers and wounded 31. Now it’s back in the news for the same tragic reason. An Iraq war veteran named Ivan Lopez opened fire on his fellow soldiers Wednesday around 4 P.M. Three were killed and 16 wounded; when he was confronted, he killed himself.
While the Ft. Hood shooting captured headlines, other stories illustrate the same theme of innocent suffering. According to police, someone duct taped razor blades to playground equipment at a park outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A week ago, authorities in western Illinois found a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment in a city park.
If soldiers aren’t safe on their own base and children aren’t safe on a playground, who in this world is truly secure?
“Third-hand smoke” (cigarette smoke that soaks into surfaces) is now considered as deadly as cigarette smoking. The brakes on a Delta jet failed Wednesday night. So far this year, 37 people in America have been killed by falling trees and 21 by lightning.
Yet our society plans for tomorrow as if it were guaranteed. We make five-year strategies as though the future were predictable. Christians are not exempt from this need to control time. First thing every Monday morning, I write out my goals and tasks for the week, then mark them off as they are completed. But one day, my life will end before my list is done.
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SOURCE: Church Leaders
Jim Denison, Ph.D.