Thailand Mass Shooting: How Do We Make Sense?
The recent mass shooting at a Thai nursery has left many in shock and grief. 37 people have died, 22 of them children who were attacked in their sleep. The tragedy hits even harder as Thailand is our neighbouring country and so geographically close to us.
Looking at mental health
Of late, news reports have revealed that the shooter – a 34-year-old ex-policemen who also killed himself – had been dismissed from his job and was due to be sentenced in court for drug possession.
In his younger days, he was a law graduate from a top Bangkok university. Yet, his life was riddled with marital problems, substance abuse, and enough emotional and mental distress to culminate in such an act of violence.
He was reportedly receiving treatment for mental health too – an area of life that includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, affecting how we think, feel and act. But right now, families are in anguish and their questions may never be answered.
Finding peace in troubled times
In such moments, we may feel helpless and need to return again to Scripture’s wisdom and the person of Jesus Christ – our true source of peace and hope. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Until God’s kingdom arrives in all its fullness, we will encounter the bitter pain of violence and evil due to sin in this world. And in the wake of such unfathomable evil, we can cling to “the Lord of peace Himself” who offers us “peace… which transcends all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)
Praying for one another
There are also things we can pray for, such as:
- His sovereignty over all events, history, and the hearts of man (Col 1:16-17)
- His perfect, ultimate judgement and justice (2 Cor 5:10)
- To love one another, so we may look out for each other (John 13:35)
In the darkness, we have an anchor in Christ who gives us a secure hope (Hebrews 6:19) and eternal life. May we keep watch of our own well-being and also show concern for those around us, especially the vulnerable.
If you know anyone going through mental health challenges, our resource site ‘Hope for the Wounded’ has devotionals, guides, tips and helplines in Malaysia to help you or a loved one.
Wan Phing Lim is a contributor to Our Daily Bread Ministries Malaysia. Born and raised in Penang, she studied Politics before turning to a career in writing. She loves coffee, books and films.
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