I know this may not be the right place but I have to share this with you.
You may have heard it in the news but here is the events that took place in Copenhagen yesterday:
At around 3:30 Saturday afternoon a gunman opened fire against a free speech debate forum in a local theatre only a few hundred meters from my home. The gunman shot and wounded 3 policemen and shot and killed one civilian man. He then fled in a hijacked car that he left a short way away from the crime scene, from where he called a cab to take him home.
Later Saturday night the same man went to the synagogue in central Copenhagen where he around 01:00 am tried to get access to a bar mitzvah taking place in the synagogue. When stopped he shot and wounded 2 policemen and shot and killed the Jewish man who guarded the entrance to the party.
Again he got away and headed for home.
But by then the police had located the address where the taxi had taken him earlier in the day and was waiting for him. He opened fire at the police who then shot and killed him.
All this took place far too close to my home, and we stayed up most of the night watching the news on TV.
I felt bad 3 weeks ago when a far too similar thing took place in Paris, but it was, however, in Paris, and how awful it may have been for the world it was far away. Yesterday we lost our innocence and joined the fast growing club of terror attacked countries and cities.
Today we are left with a terrible mixture of feelings – sadness, anger, frustration and fear. But as many before us, we are determined not to let the bad guys win. We stand together against our attackers – not just the one man who fired the shots yesterday, but every single one who has the same mind set as him.
This morning a beautiful thing took place in our city: After morning service in the Cathedral, the whole congregation with the minister in lead walked the short distance to the synagogue where they placed all the flowers from the cathedral on the side walk where the man was killed. They then had a minute of silence before they went home.
I hope we and the rest of the world will NEVER experience more of this, but I also know that to be very naive. But if you have a God – please join my neighbourhood, my city and my country in prayers for the many affected by the last 24 hours of terror.