As many of you may know, there was a shooting at my school, Seattle Pacific University, on Thursday. It’s kind of insane when I think about it because I would have never thought something like this would happen to me, to my school, to my family.
I was in my dorm room when I recieved a text saying that there was an emergency and we were in lockdown. A couple of girls from my floor and I ran down to a dorm room with a TV in it and locked ourselves in, trembling with fear, shock and confusion.
I am incredibly thankful that I was not alone during this time and that I was able to be so well informed during the whole event. I am thankful for my safety and the safety of the people I was closest to.. But not all of us were that lucky.
This is Paul. He is one of the sweetest, most fun-loving guys you could meet. I remember the first time I met him. He was such a joker and always looking for the best in life. I am shocked that he is now gone to be with Jesus Christ. I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that he is gone and that all of this has happened. Paul, you will be continually loved by us here on earth and by your Heavenly Father that I know you are dancing with right now. Paul you were always filled with such joy and that’s how you will be remembered.
I am so proud and thankful for my community. I knew I loved SPU, but this event has been such a testament to who we are as a community: A body of Christ. I am so beyond proud of my school and community for being able to turn a tragedy like this, into a testament for Christ and all that he has done for us. Lord, I cannot believe this is something you wanted or planned for us. I believe that your heart is aching with ours too.
I have cried every tear my body can muster and prayed every prayer on my heart and on the hearts of others. Now as we go into finals, we must continue to love on each other, serve one another, pray for each other and lean on Jesus.
Find rest, oh my soul, in God alone; My hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.