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Columbine - Ten Years Later

It was ten years ago that a generations "where were you when" moment occurred.  This terrible day in 1999 saw students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed twelve people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  This tragic day drew the country together in mourning.

I was serving as youth pastor here at the church and was asked to go over to Orange Park High School just so our students would have someone to talk to.  The images of students running the from the school and being pulled from windows are forever etched in my mind, as well as others.

Stories came out later about statements of faith from students who lost their lives.  Debate has begun over what was really said.  I think it's a mute point.  There were students who loved Jesus - lived their lives as best they could for Him and entered into eternity that day.  The challenge for our students then, and now is to live for Christ.  These tragedies force us to focus on what truly matters in life.

As I dropped my daughter off at high school this morning, I could not help but think of the routine of going to school, picking her up, going to school events, etc.  My son's in junior high and this routine is beginning as well.  I'm sure ten years ago as those students arrived at school, it was "just another day." 

Parents - tell your kids you love them.  Tell them and show them what matters in life.  There's no such thing as "just another day."  Every moment is precious.

On this day, pray for the family members of those who lost their lives that day back in 1999.  It's been ten years, but as we all know, you just don't get over things like this, but with God's help, you can get through them.