The flags flying at half mast are a painful reminder of the shocking tragedies that rocked Aurora, Colorado just a few days ago. As of today twelve families are grieving the untimely deaths of their loved ones, while others battle life threatening injuries from the movie theater massacre.
This morning I had the rare opportunity to travel to Colorado with hopes of delivering journals for families who had lost a loved one. With absolutely no connections in Aurora, I decided to call a few trusted friends to join me praying for ‘divine appointments’ during the the trip.
Driving into Aurora I noticed the Century Theater and what has become the memorial site, literally across the busy street from the Aurora Police Station. That seemed like the place I needed to go. I told the kind officer working the front desk I had come from South Carolina with some grief journals to donate. She knew the person I need to meet was Kyla. A few minutes later Kyla came out and greeted me with an incredibly warm smile. I knew almost immediately that the visit had been orchestrated by divine appointment. She led me to a quiet area of the lobby where she began to tell me the story of her past 96 hours. Kyla is a bi-lingual Victim’s Advocate, assisting English and Spanish speaking crime victims. Since the terrifying early wake up call July 20th, Kyla’s days have been spent in hospital rooms with shooting victims, and with families whose loved ones didn’t survive the rampage. I was amazed by her strength and sense of calm in the wake of such heartbreak; and thankful to know she serves on the front lines.
As I prepared to leave, she asked if I would please remember the first responders. I assured her I would. I asked if we might pray together and we did. We asked the Lord to please continue to heal each victim and to fill them with His strength. We prayed that He would bring joy back to the broken Aurora community, by His mighty power. I believe the healing has already begun.
I want to ask anyone reading this to please stop and pray for the first responders, EMS personnel, fire fighters, law enforcement, hospital staff, victim’s advocates and their families. Our loving God hears those prayers.