The Virginia Tech Tragedy: Press Conference Statement of Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) Beverly LaHaye Institute, represented CWA at an April 18 press conference sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals. During that time, Dr. Crouse expressed our prayerful reflections on the tragedy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her remarks are below.

Time and Place:
National Press Club
Zenger Room, 13th Floor
April 18, 2007
10:00 a.m.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse
Concerned Women for America

The Reverend Richard Cizik
V.P. for Government Relations
National Association of Evangelicals

Lt. Colonel Barry Swanson
National Chief Secretary
The Salvation Army

Bishop Harry Jackson
High Impact Leadership Coalition

Dr. Barrett Duke
Southern Baptist Convention

The Reverend Geoff Tunnicliffe
World Evangelical Alliance

This week we came face to face, once again, with the harsh reality and painful ramifications of unspeakable evil. The bloody carnage at Virginia Tech is a stark reminder of the horrible acts that sick people are capable of doing. We came up against the fact that there are things in life beyond our control and situations where the innocent are beyond our protection.

Our hearts ache for the fallen victims and for the unbearable pain of those who loved them and all those whose lives they touched. Our hearts ache for our country that once again rallies around the fallen and weeps with those who weep.

In days like these – so filled with pain, so full of regrets, so devoid of joy, and so empty of peace – we hold on to the promises of God – that He will always be with us regardless of the circumstances, that He is close at hand, even in our deepest sorrows.

We are grateful for God’s grace – so abundant and free; all we have to do is ask and He comes alongside us, giving us the grace to endure, lending us the comfort of His presence and offering us hope even in our darkest hours.

We are grateful for those student heroes whose quick thinking and courage saved fellow students’ lives. We are grateful for the faculty hero who sacrificed his life in order to save some of those in his charge. We are grateful for the brave law enforcement officers who stormed the building to end the carnage. We are grateful for those whose medical skills, sensitivity and training enable them to take care of those who are physically and emotionally wounded yet have survived the awful scenes of April 16, 2007.

At this time and during the foreseeable future, all of us at Concerned Women for America will be praying for everyone whose lives have been forever changed by the Virginia Tech tragedy.

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