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Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 in Review

January 23 - A 15-year-old student of Marshall County High School in Kentucky opened fire, killing 2 and injuring 14 others.

January 24 - Larry Nassar, former USA Gymnastics doctor, is sentenced to up to 175 years for sexually abusing more than 150 girls.

February 14 - A former student from a high school in Parkland, Florida, shot and killed 17 people.

April 26 - Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault.

May 3 - Kilauea volcano on Hawaii erupted, flowing lava into residential areas on the big island.

May 18 - A 17-year-old killed 10 and injured 13 at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

August 28 - Puerto Rico declares its official death toll from Hurricane Maria to be 2,975.

November 7 - Twelve people were killed in a shooting at the borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.

November 8 - A fire breaks out and burns through the town of Paradise, California -- the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in California history.

These are the kinds of things that stand out to most people in a "year in review" kind of thing. They're shocking, devastating, horrible. some are human-caused and some are not. They are news because they aren't common, but that doesn't make them any better.

It is this world, along with the "every day horrors" (like abortion) that don't make the news, that makes me so relieved to believe in a Sovereign God who works all things together for good to those who love God. It's a scary world out there, but if God is for us, who can be against us (Rom 8:31)? "You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good" (Gen 50:20). It is in His hands that I find my rest.

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