We were shocked yesterday as we learned that the actions of 1 man cost 32 members of the Virginia Tech community their lives. Thirty-three people's lives were snuffed out much too early in under three hours of tragedy and horror.

I mourn today with the Virginia Tech community. Although I have never attended Virginia Tech nor worked there; I did attend two public universities where this could have happened. My wife works on the campus of a public university. Just this past weekend, we had a ministry reunion where we walked onto that campus and prayed, the same horror and atrocities could have occurred Monday.

The lives were suddenly snuffed out. Unfortunately, we have no guarantees of tomorrow. The Bible says "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." (James 4:14, NASB). Our only security comes through Christ alone. In a relationship with Christ, our future is assured in life here on earth and death thereafter. In the letter to the Hebrews, it is written "Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives." (Hebrews 2:14-15, NASB).

I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ who are in and near the Virginia Tech campus comfort their community. Christ is comforting us, and we should pass on that comfort and "the peace that transcends all understanding."

Our prayers are with you.

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