Sunday, July 24, 2011


My heart is heavy today, as I cannot get the people of Norway off my mind. If you haven't already heard in the news, a man bombed the prime minister's headquarters and then shot and killed 86 youth at a rally for the youth Labor party. A total of almost 100 people have been killed, many of them young men and women, and there are still many missing at both sites.

I am so ANGRY. I was just checking the news last night before bed and this story is what I see on NPR's homepage. I've read many an awful story before, but for some reason I cannot get this one out of my head. Maybe it is the fact that so many died, or that so many were so young. Or maybe I am just so sick of the violence in our world! And not just violence, but sick, demented, f**ked up (I'm sorry, but that's the only way to say it) s**t in our world! How can someone, in a matter of 3 hours, bomb a building and kill 86 innocent people point blank. My stomach churns at the thought of it.

All of this has me feeling lost and restless, trying to decide where I stand in all of this. What can I do? My first thought is that this is the Devil hard at work--no one else could create such evil. But what scares me is that, while I am heartbroken and aghast at what happened, all I want to do is see this man dead. And that is not like me. I don't support the death penalty, but here I am suggesting that an exception be made. So, not only is the Devil at work in Norway, but he is also at work in me, trying to sway my beliefs, my convictions.

I don't have an answer, or even words of comfort in this. I am just so sad and angry. Sad and angry. sad. ANGRY. What are we going to do to fight this evil? What can I do?

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