Ten years ago yesterday, April 20, 1999, a terrible tragedy took place at Columbine High School in Colorado. Two students, Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold, went on a shooting spree in their high school killing 12 students, a teacher, and eventually themselves. Although this took place on the other side of the country, it couldn’t have been more real for me.
I was a junior in high school at the time, and I still remember arriving home from school that afternoon to hear of this great tragedy. As I watched it unfold, I was amazed that this was happening in an American school. This wasn’t the first, or last school shooting, but it just seemed so malicious and hateful. I thought, ‘How could teenagers have so much rage and hatred inside of them?’ This one tragedy played a huge role in my life. I remember the fear that many of us felt that week in school. The anxiousness of what could be around the next corner. This event was formational in my life and it greatly impacted my future involvement in high school Bible Clubs both as a student and later a youth pastor. As a teenager and young adult, it was a reminder that life is short, we need to live it to the full!
Ten years later, the world has continued to change. We are now living in a post-911 world. One of suspicion, uncertainty and violence. We don’t know what terror lies around the next turn. In the midst of all of this, I know I can have the same peace I had 10 years ago sitting in class. Regardless of what’s down the hall or down the street, I know that my God is on the throne. I can experience the peace that passes all understanding, not because of my power, ability, 0r insight, but because I serve a God who is greater and in the end has already conquered sin, death and the grave! Regardless of what terror or uncertainty you are facing today, remember God will see you through.
As a tribute to the shooting 10 short years ago, here’s a short video I found. It really takes you back!