It’s only now that I have been able to start to really process what has happened over in Norway. 90 people killed, one person caught with the possibility of another suspect still loose.
My heart, my thoughts, my prayers raise up for the nation, the family the friends and community of all who have been injured and killed by this maniac. The trauma and grief of this event is wide spread – to the extent where we see the king and queen of Norway publically crying.
When the bomb first went off, it was automatically thought to be the result of Islamic terrorists…and then as the children and staff at the camp started to be killed in a systematic fashion – it was realised that it wasn’t Islamic terrorists at all; instead it was a man whom the press are making out to be a Christian Fundamentalist.
Personally I take offense to this man being associated with “Christian” in any sense of the term. Christianity is not about taking life. Christianity is not about rules and regulations. Christianity is about showing people grace, mercy, forgiveness and love and its about this because God is and shows us grace, mercy, forgiveness and love.
Many might ask, why did this happen, how could this happen, how could God allow this to happen…and we might be tempted reply with a neat and pat answer in that it happened because he gave God gave us the freedom to live his ways or not to live his ways…and this man (if you can truly call him a man) chose not to live according to God’s ways.
But this is not the time to give answers, its not a time to give pat answers and indeed in the arena of pain and grief that results from death; there can never ever be a simple or easy answer. Over time the families, communities and nation of Norway will slowly put the pieces together. The reasons for this man’s rampage will become more and more apparent. But even when all this becomes known – the deep pain of within will continue to cause many to cry out an inconsolable WHY!
I have no answers. I have no magic solution that will take that pain away. All I can do is cry with and for those who are struggling in deep pain from the pain in my own heart pray – Help them God, help them!