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Westroads: Von Maur Tragedy

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 (one week before yesterday), a murderer shot and killed 8 people with a machine gun. This happened in a high class department store called Von Maur at the Westroads Mall shopping center, here in my city of Omaha, Nebraska.

Some people seem to have been shocked that something like this could happen in a city like ours. Located near the middle of the conterminous United States, Omaha is a great city. It is the headquarters of several large and high technology firms, and the home of the billionaire Warren Buffet. However, most people seem to feel like Omaha is a safe, peaceful, friendly city, like a small town.

This should make us think about our lives, and about the world. We shouldn't go around with a false sense of safety and security. We shouldn't consider everything to be fine when there are serious problems. Most importantly, everything should be right between us and God. We should be ready for the end of our lives. We need to reevaluate our priorities and consider what is really important. How are we spending our time and money? What are we thinking about and doing all the time? We never know when we walk out the front door to go somewhere, whether it's the last day we have in our lives.

When you die, are you ready to face the judgment of God? Jesus Christ is the Lord and Master. He suffered and died on the cross to save us from our sins, and then He came back to life. Whoever will believe these things, and pray and ask Him to save them, will be saved. That means you will be able to go to heaven with joy and pleasure forever after you die, instead of having to suffer torture and destruction forever in Hell. It also means much more, including that Jesus will always be with you to help you in your life. Listen to what the Bible says about it.

That if you confess the Lord Jesus with your mouth, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
(Romans 10:9 in my own words)

We should remember the people who died, and extend our condolences. We should pray for their families and friends, the people who were injured, and everybody else who was involved. We should pray for comfort and encouragement. We should also examine ourselves.

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