The Spirit of God Hovers Over Aurora Darkness

By   •   July 26, 2012

Ginger Sanders couldn’t hold back her tears. Sharing stories from the first few days of ministry in Aurora, Colo., the seasoned Rapid Response Team chaplain was overcome by emotion as she described how God was moving in this tragedy.

“His presence is here,” said Sanders through her sobs. “It’s almost similar to the description in Genesis 1:2 where ‘darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.’

“The Spirit of God is in Colorado, hovering over the darkness.”

After attending a memorial service at Gateway High School, Sanders said she and the other chaplains ministering in the grief-stricken area came back with a touch from the Lord. “This is very hard and very painful, yet He is showing His love in many ways, big and small.”

One example of that love came during the service. As Sanders stood toward the back of the crowd, a young lady approached her, leaned over and said, “I don’t know anyone here, I just needed to come.”

When Sanders turned around, the young lady—whose name is Shaya—smiled when she saw that she had just spoken to a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain. She then leaned forward, hugged Sanders and said, “I am a Columbine survivor and I just couldn’t stay home.” 

Shaya had driven from Littleton, Colo., to be in Aurora for the family and friends of those who died. “She understood how they feel because her best friend was killed at Columbine,” said Sanders, who prayed with the young woman and introduced her to the Gateway High School principal. “He said he would love to have Shaya come to speak when school starts, even if it just helps one person.”

On Sunday morning, Shaya spoke during the service at Aurora Calvary Chapel. “The congregation was blessed and encouraged when she spoke of the love of Jesus and how a person could have hope through Him,” said Sanders. “She is a living example of someone who still is in the process of healing from tragedy, but able to live for and serve Christ.”   

Sanders also ministered to one of the police officers who had to inform families that a loved one had died in the shooting. The man came right over when he saw Sanders and said, “I am a believer and this is the hardest day of my life. How could I even prepare for what I am doing? It’s only through God that I can do this.” 

Even though the senseless tragedy has many asking “why,” Sanders and the other chaplains serving in Aurora see God’s hand: “Yes, He is here in the middle of the grief.  He is in control. He is even reaching out to us.”

The morning of this interview, Sanders knew that God was close. After such an emotion-packed few days, she needed refreshment for her own soul. Settling down with steaming coffee and her Bible, Sanders opened to Psalm 18: 1-6 and found the words handwritten by the Lord:

I love you, LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.

From his temple he heard my voice;

my cry came before him, into his ears.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Dear Rev Graham, It is most important to love others.  No, we don't have to hug and kiss every stranger we meet.Holmes is just one of the many Antichrists. If we remain in love, do good works – we act as Christians and we will deter the next devil.

  2. Rosemary says:

    While watching the incredible horror on the news the camera panned away from the police on the cherry picker and I saw a cross on the side of the building. I believe it was a message from God that he was there. Did anyone else see this

  3. Karilon says:

    I beleive God is speaking even through something as tragic as this. Please PEOPLE of God, speak up and be heard. The Bible tells us not to be deceived, for GOD is not mocked. Hollwood no longer cares about the films they produced, only the “mighty $.

  4. Joe says:

    Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ pray for all those BGRRT in Aurora. Pray that they can reach the souls of all those in need of spiritual and emotional comfort as well as for those giving of their time. God blessed them.

  5. Deborah says:

    On Thursday the 26th while I was at the Aurora Memorial site of the shooting, I met two wonderful ladies apart of the rapid response team. We had a cheerful chat and some smiles among all the sadness. God Bless them, from Deborah in Aurora.

  6. Kimberly says:

    All the way in NC I could feel the pain of the people that died due to the shooting, but felt a special connection with the Airman. I've been on temporary duties numerous times where you don't know anyone so you go take in a movie to pass some time.