Wood advises quiet compassion; AG church offers assistance after attack in Aurora

From AG News:

In a terrifying and deadly attack, 12 people were killed and 59 more injured when suspected gunman James Holmes opened fire a little after midnight in a crowded Aurora, Colorado, theater featuring the premier of “The Dark Knight Rises” this morning, Friday, July 20.

George Wood

AG General Superintendent George Wood, during a live interview with Fox News this afternoon, advised people to surround those who are hurting with their presence. Referencing the book of Job, Wood said that when Job was suffering, his friends offered all kinds of advice, when all he really needed was for people to sit with him – to quietly put their arms about them in comfort. Wood also referenced Jesus’ tears, as He wept for his friend Lazarus who had died.

In the interview, Wood recognized the grief and demand for justice by a hurting father who lost his 6-year-old daughter in the shooting, explaining that anger is part of the grieving process. However, Wood said, after working through the grieving process, it would be beneficial to victims to overcome evil with good.

As Aurora is just 16 miles away from Littleton – the location of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 – Wood expressed his belief that those who went through the Columbine disaster could provide meaningful help to victims of today’s tragedy.


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