Comfort In Times of Tragedy

Comfort In Times of Tragedy

Sometimes in life, things happen that don’t make sense. One such event is the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. Based on initial reports, no one, not even the perpetrator’s family can fathom why he would lock himself in a luxury hotel room and open fire on

a group of unsuspecting concert goers. This latest tragedy has shaken the core of our very being – it seems as though each mass shooting is deadlier than the last. Where do we turn to for comfort in times of distress and tragedy?

I heard about the shooting, on a “breaking news” report right before going to bed Sunday night. I was upset, disturbed, and mesmerized by the live video and audio of the shooting – so much so that I could not stop watching the live news feed. I was up well past my bedtime and didn’t sleep well when I finally did go to sleep. I woke up with the tragedy on my mind. Through-out the day, I found myself thinking about and praying for: all of the victims, their families, the first responders and survivors. I kept wanting to think, “I can’t even imagine,” but in this day and age, I actually can imagine; and am now always on high alert, aware of my surroundings.

Where do we turn to for comfort in times of distress and tragedy? For me, I always find comfort and peace in prayer and in the Word of God. As I digest all that has happened in the last 24 hours, I’m reminded of two scriptures: 1) 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, which says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” and 2) 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

I do find hope in the fact that everyday citizens were returning to the scene to help out. I saw an interview where a man who himself was injured used his shirt to try and stop the bleeding of another person; the man who used his truck to load people and transport them to the hospital; the group of people who were fleeing the scene then stopped and started praying for people and the nurse who safely fled the scene but returned so that she could administer aid to those injured and in need of assistance. All of these selfless acts of kindness and humanity give me a new hope for tomorrow.

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Terry Cato About Terry Cato

Terry Cato is a Talk Show Host, Author and relationship blogger. She is the Founder of Relationships 411, a blog community dedicated to healthy relationships and marriages. She is the Host of Real Talk w/Terry a Bay Area talk show focusing on relationship and lifestyle topics. Her memoir, “No Longer a Bridesmaid!” chronicles the 7 years she was single, celibate and believing God for a husband. Feel Free to Follow Terry on Twitter and visit her website for more information about the Author.

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  1. Well said, Terry. There is always light, even in these very dark times.

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  2. Amen, Terry. It is wonderful to see people come together in times such as this and to have the Word of God to turn to for comfort and wisdom.

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  3. Amen Cherie!

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  4. Amen Cynthia!

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