It’s been 24 hours since the tragedy on campus at Seattle Pacific University. As a former student, the news of this story took my breath away. “Again?” I thought. “Not my school.” I told myself.

Being 1,700 miles away, it may be easy for us here in Iowa to shift from sadness and shock back to everyday life. However, I would caution us to fight this temptation. As believers, we have a calling to be part of what happens next. How will the Christian community respond to the families of the victims? How about to the accused gunman?

Christian Shields, also a former SPU student, who now lives in Cedar Rapids and is part of Christian Life Church, offers his insight about what we can do.