When faced with fear, look up to God!

Seated in a crowded restaurant, my husband and I had just placed our dinner order. We sat in front of a large window with a view of the open-air shopping center that was decorated for the holidays with beautiful lights, trees, and ornaments. Many families strolled by as they shopped.

As we gazed outside, we became aware that people were starting to run toward the parking lot. More and more people ran by the window, looking over their shoulders, clutching shopping bags and children’s hands. It quickly became surreal—such a big crowd running in the same direction looked like a scene out of a movie in which people panic as they try to escape a monster. 

Suddenly, someone burst through the back door of the restaurant and shouted, “There’s a shooter!” For an instant, people looked at one another in disbelief, then most grabbed their coats and bags and ran out the door, leaving their partially eaten meals on the tables. Others flung themselves on the floor under the bar. 

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