The Providence of God Amidst Tragedy....

I received an email earlier this afternoon from a friend, Blair Smith, who serves on the staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda. Blair writes,

Our church has 11 students at Virginia Tech.  They are all alive.  One of them was in a room where he and a girl were the only survivors; he was the only one not shot as he had bodies falling on him and he played dead.

The pastors and people of many churches have work to do in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy. God grant their work His power.

But as we rejoice with those who rejoice, we mourn with those who mourn. Among the victims listed in the New York Times is a young woman named Lauren Ashley McCain. Lauren writes in her MySpace page,

The purpose and love of my life is Jesus Christ. I don't have to argue religion, philosophy, or historical evidence because I KNOW Him. He is just as real, if not more so, as my 'earthly' father.

May God comfort Lauren's family with complete assurance of His Fatherhood of Lauren.

An update to the New York Times yields another faithful witness among the victims. Rachael Hill, a graduate of Grove Avenue Christian School in Richmond, VA, placed this quote from C.S. Lewis in her graduation yearbook,

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

Read more about Rachael here in the New York Times.

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Count victim Brian Bluhm among the believers gunned down on Monday. Brian was involved in VA Tech's Baptist Collegiate Ministries and CNN quotes his close friend as saying, "Brian was a Christian, and first and foremost, that's what he would want to be remembered as."

Austin Cloyd was also a dedicated Christian and interested in missions, according to CNN.

There were four students involved in Campus Crusade for Christ who were killed. I don't know if any of them were the students named already, but I just thought I should add that.

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