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SALT LAKE CITY — On the morning after the horrific shooting at the "Dark Knight" showing in Colorado, mainstream media immediately began reporting on the details of what took place. News networks have been trying to satisfy the public's curiosity about the victims and the shooter. Discussions have already sprung up about the influence of violence in movies.
But sometimes a more emotional dialogue occurs on the Internet — one that's more true to what people discuss with their friends and family when things like this occur, when we try desperately to understand how something like this could happen. Status updates on Faceboook and Twitter have resembled prayers, and many are wondering where God was in all of this. How could a merciful higher power allow this to happen?
Attempting to answer that question is Marie, a devout Christian and survivor of the shooting at the Century 16 movie theater. She took to her blog just hours after returning home to express that even after experiencing such evil firsthand, she does believe that there is a God and he's indeed merciful. Her blog post, "So you still think God is a merciful God?" is going viral .
Marie writes in her popular post that she was prompted to accompany her two teenage daughters to the midnight showing, even though she initially wanted to stay home. Sitting only 50 feet away from the attacker, she describes throwing herself over her 14-year-old when the unknown gas was thrown into the audience and the gunfire began. She became convinced she was going to die and began praying out loud. Eventually when the shooting subsided, she writes that she ran with her daughters past a lifeless body and through the exits to safety.
After hearing others voice doubts about the presence of God during this tragedy, Marie responded through her blog with, "God is always good. Man is not. Don't get the two confused. We will continue to praise and worship our mighty God, anticipating that He will bring beauty from ashes, as only He can do."
Marie blogs at aminiaturecl aypot.wordpress.com.
Nicole Pollard currently resides in Canyon Country, Calif.