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I was filled with teenage angst over the Vietnam War. My brother was there and it was a constant concern. "Would he make it back home?" He was larger than life to me. He let me tag along and helped me climb trees and over barbed wire fences. He taught me to read before I started school. I listened to the news and took it personally every time I heard of the death of troops. I watched my mom silently suffer as she anxiously waited to get a letter from her son.

Today our children have to worry that a disgruntled classmate may come through the door with a semi-automatic and mow them down. My heart aches for them, and I wish I could gather them all in my arms and tell them how it will someday be made right. Do people think it can’t happen in their school? Is that how they carry on?

It is one of the most comforting things found in the pages of the Bible, that God is not willing that any should be lost (2 Peter 3:9 2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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). All those who have died in senseless shootings in recent years still have a future and a hope (Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11 Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
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