God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble

By NEMS Daily Journal

God is our refuge and strength,
a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. Selah
There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city,
the holiest dwelling of the Most High.
God is in that city. It will never crumble.
God will help it when morning dawns.
Nations roar; kingdoms crumble.
God utters his voice; the earth melts.
The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
The God of Jacob is our place of safety. Selah
Come, see the Lord’s deeds,
what devastation he has imposed on the earth,
bringing wars to an end in every corner of the world,
breaking the bow and shattering the spear,
burning chariots with fire.
“That’s enough! Now know that I am God!
I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!
The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
The God of Jacob is our place of safety …
Common English Bible
Psalm 46

“This is not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of depravity,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former Denver mayor, said in a statement. “It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this morning.”
The sickening, heart-stopping mass shooting early Friday morning in a suburban Denver movie theater brings the entire nation to an emotional, soulful halt as people are shocked into considering what drives people to such deeds.
Twelve were killed and 59 wounded, some critically.
It was the worst mass shooting in the United States since 13 people were killed at Ft. Hood, Texas, by a soldier. It was the worst homicide in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, a singularly wrenching event.
Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at the school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, about 15 miles west of Aurora, chillingly near the Aurora theater where James Holmes opened fire at a premiere showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final installment of the widely popular Batman series.
Holmes, a former student in neuroscience at the University of Colorado’s medical campus in Denver, was identified as having recently withdrawn from school.
President Barack Obama said he was saddened by the “horrific and tragic shooting,” pledging that his administration was “committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded.”
Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney both halted political campaign activities at least for the day.
Romney called the killings senseless and also offered sincere expressions of support.
It is not surprising that in Denver, even in the middle of the night, the faith community was among the first to respond with offers of help and, later, words of support.
Compassionate condolences and grief were expressed by people across the nation.
The president surely spoke for all Americans when he said, “I hope all of you will keep the people of Aurora in your hearts and minds today. May the Lord bring them comfort and healing in hard days to come.”
Northeast Mississippi’s faith community understands first-hand support in times of grief, and our response should be one of prayerful, respectful empathy with the thousands who grieve personally and directly in this tragedy’s wake.

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