My daughter Emily is a student at NIU. Only about 5 minutes passed from when I heard about the shooting until I was able to reach her by phone. That was the longest 5 minutes of my life. The relief that washed over me when I finally heard her voice was overwhelming. I was so grateful she was safe. Yet even now it feels like my heart is up in my throat and I truly grieve for the parents who lost their child in this act of insane violence.
??This reminded me of something James wrote, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Life is fragile. There are no guarantees. Things can change so very quickly. We must love those around us in light of these truths.
??Let us pray for all the students and families of NIU.