A Christian Science perspective.
From The London Times to The New York Times, the outbreak of violence at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed and 30 wounded made headlines. At first, an erroneous report of multiple shooters, some taken captive and one shot dead, circulated. Later Thursday night, authorities indicated that there had been only one gunman, Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and that he was wounded but still alive. The other men being held were released.
President Barack Obama asked all Americans "to keep the men and women of Fort Hood in your thoughts and prayers." To scroll through news website photos of the scene, seeing grief-stricken family members, was enough to wring anyone's heart and to raise the question, "How could this happen?"
But to dwell on this question is to try to analyze the motives of senseless evil. Instead, it's better to pray for those affected by the attack and to allow divine wisdom to guide all who are searching for answers to what actually happened and why, if it's possible to discover it.
Jesus' Sermon on the Mount offers some inspiration for our prayers. He told people, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" (Matt. 5:4). This comfort comes from the Christ, the spiritual message of God's love for humanity, which the man Jesus represented, but which actually transcends denomination, time, and space. It is a spiritual force, present here with us now. It is with the people at Fort Hood and with all the men and women in the armed services all around the world. It is God's Comforter, providing peace to every heart that opens up even slightly to its message of divine Love's care.