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.
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.