Last night, my roommate and I awoke several times to security alerts from Vanderbilt University, informing us that there were two active shooters in the area, and updating us on the status of the incidents. Fortunately only one person was injured, but I still felt rather like I was taking my life into my hands when I stepped out my door to head to church.
That feeling was only amplified when my normally bubbly, confident guide dog started showing sudden and severe signs of anxiety on the walk to and into our church building. She had never behaved that way before, so after trying and failing to get her settled for the morning service, I decided to forego church and take my dog home to make sure she was all right. She was utterly normal on the walk home and in other outings throughout the day, so I’m not sure what triggered the episode, but upon hearing the news of the church shooting in Texas, I couldn’t help wondering whether Prim was sensing something I couldn’t. I admit, such an idea wanders a bit too far into the field of superstition for my taste, but the important thing about it was it, combined with the news of the last 24 hours left me feeling rather restless. People always site statistics, but statistics didn’t help the victims in Orlando, or Las Vegas, or Sutherland Springs. Thus, I was very thankful when my roomies arrived safely home from church, and remained safe as we went about our daily business.
None of our days are promised. As Proverbs 27:1 says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
What if I were a member of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs? What if I had gone to church, expecting like I usually do that I would go home afterward, laugh with my roommates, play with my dog, cook for the week, make calls to my loved ones… expecting that every one of my church family would return a week later to worship like always. But, we can’t expect that. We cannot boast about tomorrow… so we might as well be thankful for today, and do our utmost to serve the God who gave it to us.
To that end, here is a link to the Facebook page of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. There is a donate button there and a link to their official website. If you feel called, I’m sure your gift would be welcomed.