I started to look up his name.
I’ve already heard it or read it a hundred times, but I wanted to make sure I was going to spell it correctly.
And then I stopped.
This guy gunned down a theater of people.
Do I really want to point out his name?
Truthfully, I have enough on my mind. It’s been a busy week. I have matters to attend to at work and at home.
Now, thanks to this inhuman act, my thoughts and prayers have been on people I’ve never met, who share with me the love of movies, and who never saw this coming.
Maybe my brain is just too full to remember your name, buddy.
I’ll think of you as $%#^@.
Or maybe I won’t think of you at all.
Maybe you’re sick. Maybe insane. Maybe you need help.
Surely, you need help.
But I don’t want you to be famous for what you’ve done.
I want to say a name, but it isn’t yours.
I want to call out to the One, Jesus, who can provide Peace to this violent world.
I want to hug my wife Jan and my dog Charlie, and remember to cherish the lives of those I hold dear, and never take them for granted.
These are the names I lift up.
And I pray for the families of Jon Blunk, Alex Teves, Matt McQuinn, John Larimer, Jesse Childress, Rebecca Ann Wingo, Alex Matthew Sullivan, A.J. Boik, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, Jessica Ghawi, Gordon Cowden, Micayla Medek,
I will pray for you, too, $%#^@.
but I’ll pray.
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