— C.S Lewis
My heart is breaking over the fact that this has to happen.
What could have possibly driven a 19 year old boy, who has his entire life ahead of him to this act? I would honestly just want to have had the opportunity to sit with this kid and just hear him out. The story is that he could have possibly be angry about the death of his brother who apparently died at the hands of police officers (not too sure about this detail), but the entire bombing seems to have been led by revenge.
Now, this kid is America’s most wanted and most hated…I sit here wondering what is going through his mind and his heart at this time. Why do I care about him? Because if I had not find Christ and had he not release me from the emotional pains and trauma from my own life I could have very well ended up like him. It’s only by the grace of God.
I’m in no way condoning his behavior, I just want to understand. I want to understand what could have bent and broken this young man in such a way that he is fueled with hatred. Lord this is your child as well, reveal Yourself to him and on to the path of salvation..
"I wish I grew up with less of an emphasis on Bible-reading and more of an emphasis on prayer. The Scripture doesn’t say “Jesus withdrew to read His Bible.” It says, “Jesus withdrew to pray.” Read your Bible sometimes. But pray all the time. Some of the most spiritually dry and dead people I’ve ever met read their Bible all the time: they’re called scholars. I have yet to meet a man drenched, soaked, and absorbed in the mystical fellowship of God through prayer who is dead and dry. The Holy Spirit didn’t fall on the disciples in Acts when they were reading their Bibles. He fell with FIRE when they were praying.
You want to be more like Jesus?
PRAY like Jesus.”