“Sorrow is one of the things that is lent, not given. A thing that is lent can be taken away; a thing that is given is not taken away. Joy is given; sorrow is lent.” These words by Amy Carmichael, Christian author and Irish-born missionary to India, remind us pain is not permanent, even though it may feel as though it won’t end.

What happened over the weekend in Tuscon, Arizona, is a heartbreaking tragedy; at the same time, the stories of heroism and selflessness are heartwarming. My thoughts and prayers are for all the victims and families. May God give them comfort, peace, rest and joy even in the midst of the pain and sorrow.