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What motivates a young person to go on a shooting spree that results in human carnage and heartache? On March 21, 2005, Jeff Weise went to Red Lake High School in northern Minnesota and shot a security guard, one teacher, and five other students before killing himself? Before coming to school he killed his grandfather and grandmother. Fourteen others were wounded.

Some of Weise’s relatives told reporters that Jeff was a loner who usually wore black and was teased by other kids. His father committed suicide several years ago, and at the time of the shootings his mother was living in a nursing home due to brain injuries from an auto accident.

Obviously, Jeff Weise hated his life. In heartache and anger he lashed out, desperate to make some final, chaotic statement of frustration.

We can only wonder how different his life might have been if he had come to know the One who says, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

He Needed Peace and Rest

What Jeff needed more than anything else was a sense of peace and rest. He was tired of being the butt of jokes, and perhaps weary of his grandparent's restrictions. The only solution he saw wasn't one at all. Instead of finding relief he propagated ripples of grief that continue to be felt.

When despair creeps in, let Jesus carry the load. For He promises, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11:29).

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By Rich DuBose. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE ®


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