on the plane home from Michigan to Georgia reflecting on this Christian
faith that we say transforms our lives.
I mean, does it really?
Sometimes, I look at the Church and all I
feel is cynicism. Indicators like divorce rates are the same, so
Then, I get an email like this one from Karen, a member of New Life Church
in Colorado Springs, scene of Matthew Murray’s recent Sunday morning killing
This past Sunday our pastor (Brady Boyd, a
man who hasn’t even been here a year) told us the following.
Pastor Boyd felt led to invite Matthew Murray’s
family to a private meeting at the church.
They were very touched to have been invited. Of course they felt
devastated by what their son had done. Mental illness has many victims,
not just the person who is afflicted.
The Works family, the parents and the two
surviving siblings, also came. Also, Jeanne Assam, the security
guard who bravely protected so many others and shot the young man was invited and
The Murrays apologized to the Works and to
Assam for the trauma she had suffered. The two families cried and prayed
with each other.
No news coverage, just precious folks who
had suffered so much coming together, sharing their faith in Jesus
Christ and his forgiveness.
It gives me hope that this stuff really
And I say, let’s see Muslims do that.