Never did I think would be the day that a Tucson event would be compared to that of the Columbine shootings, Oklahoma City Bombing, or September 11th, but sadly the day has come. It is not that I thought Tucson exempt from the evil of the world, it is just not one of those things you imagine happening in your own home town.
There is no doubt that this will forever be a scar on this town and its name, but I am also sure it will be a sign of the goodness in the community as well. As tragic as the loss has been, the hope in the reaction of the community has been so reassuring of why I love this town. Entire schools stopping to pray for the victims, their families, and for the entire community. Neighbors checking in on neighbors. Pastors going door to door offering prayer and support. Flowers, candles, prayer services all over town. Even the President came to our town to give us words of encouragement. As a Tucsonan, it sure was uplifting hearing our President and other government leaders, speak about the losses and give hope to our town. It was even more encouraging seeing that over 26,000 people come out to support what has felt like a loss to all of us in so many ways. Tucson although over 1 million in number, very much feels like a town and residents here think of as like so. It is not uncommon to run into 3-4 people you know at any grocery store, and if you really sit down and have a conversation with another Tucsonan you are bound to find someone you know in common. It was also great seeing people from all walks of faith come out to support the families of the victims who lost their lives at their funerals.
Although it is so easy to ask why and to question the Lord in times such as these, I do not. He is in control and Jeremiah 29:11 says it all”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I know and believe with all my heart that this is true about you, me, Tucson, our nation, and the whole world. Now if only we trusted Him with reckless abandonment. Join me in continuing to pray for the victims those who have died, those who are still recovering and all others affected by this unimaginable event.
I LOVE MY TUCSON!
(An essay written by a Tucsonan reflecting about Tucson and this event, ‘Tucson Shows What its Made Of.” )