The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

The Dark Knight Rises

I just got home from seeing the midnight showing of Christopher Nolan's absolute masterpiece The Dark Knight Rises. I wish that this post could gush about how incredible of a film experience it was.

Instead, it comes out of my heavy heart as 14 people are dead and more than 50 are wounded because of a shooting rampage in a movie theater showing this film in Aurora, CO.

I'm trying to figure out what there is to say. So far, I just have tears.

The world is not safe. This is what we have learned from Christopher Nolan's three brilliant films. We have learned that there are forces at work in the world that seek only to break the spirit -- of individuals and of communities. We have learned that, though we look out at a bleak landscape, there is hope for us. There is always hope.

But there was no Batman to save the lives of these innocent moviegoers, tonight. There were no fancy machines to sweep them to safety. There was no justice. There was only fear.

All I can think about is how many Americans went out tonight to be among the first to experience this cinematic adventure. And how 14 of them are never coming home.

I am so very grateful for my life and for the lives of the people that I love. I am already in fear for your lives all the time -- my dearest ones can recall being harassed about text messages that their planes have safely landed or their cars safely parked in garages late at night. Oh, you are just so precious to me.

And though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will not fear, for You are with us -- always with us...

A light shines in the darkness.

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