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Horrible Tragedies

The recent mass shooting and death of a two year old at the hands of an alligator are both horrific tragedies that are really hard to comprehend. My heart goes out to the families of the shooting victims and also to the parents, family and friends of the poor little child who was taken by the alligator. It has been an incredibly hard week for them and the people of Orlando.

The alligator going after the child is a little more understandable than the mass shooting because the killer is a wild animal and that is what they do. Please don't get me wrong, I am not excusing what happened and can't possibly fathom the horror that those poor parents are going through. I'm only saying that the gator attacked because that's what they know and they have no morality to govern their actions beyond the instinct of the wild that they possess. I doubt it was personal. Of course, that is of no comfort to grieving parents.

The nut case who claimed allegiance to ISIS, killing 49 people and injuring many more is much harder to grasp in terms of finding a legitimate reason. All I can say is that we live in a fallen world where evil is allowed opportunity it will no longer have when God's kingdom is established on the Earth. While that is of no comfort to a non-believer -- and perhaps only a little to some who do believe, there is a sense of a better future ahead for all of us in the loving hands of an all-powerful Creator.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” -Revelation 21:4 (ESV)

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