Editor’s note: A regular reader here, John Stoos, posted this: “I received a note from my niece this morning with some insights on how those in Norway are responding, which I thought might be of interest.”
I guess you are updated through your news about the tragedy that hit Norway.
So far there are 93 persons confirmed dead and several still missing. The police have also arrested a native Norwegian, who claims he did all this horror by himself.
They had a memory service in the main church in Oslo today with the King and Queen, the Prime minister, government and also private, ordinary people from throughout the country.
It was a touching service, in grief and hope. The Prime minister spoke and said we will meet this terror with more democracy, openness and humanity.
He also quoted a young girl who survived: If one man can show so much hate, imagine how much love we can spread together!
The flower bed with candles that people started in Oslo is growing, as they are in cities and places around the country.
The crown prince and princess together with the foreign minister attended the service in the local church, with many of the relatives of those who are missing from the island or not confirmed dead yet.
At least one of the ministers in the government is at the hotel where the relatives stay, and at least one minister is there 24 hours everyday until they have confirmation of everybody missing. It is to support the relatives and assure they get all answers and care they need.
Please pray for our victims and their families, as we also pray for showing love and care for each other.