“The Things That Matter” – Perspective from a Survivor of the Aurora, IL Shooting

“The Things that mattered to me yesterday, do not matter today.”

We can learn so much from the survivors — the people who are determined to make it through after a tragedy.

It’s been a week since a shooting in Aurora, Illinois. It took place during a human resources meeting at a manufacturing plant.

It’s still on my mind for a couple reasons.

It breaks my heart. One life lost was an intern, just 21 years old. His name was Trevor. It was the first day of his internship. His was among five lives taken.

So while I don’t know much about Aurora, Illinois, I know there are five families in Aurora experiencing deep pain right now.

I also can’t shake the words of a surviving wife. They inspire me, offer perspective, and keep me in check all at once.

Terra Pinkard lost her husband, Josh, that day. He was 37, a father of three. Here are her words…

“The things that mattered to me yesterday, do not matter today.

I will praise the Lord for giving me this mountain of a man. I will praise the Lord for the children we have together.

I will cry out to God during this immense time of sadness and need. Please remember us in the coming days, months and years.”

– Terra Pinkard

And, we will. We will pray.  And we will probably also give a ton of thought to figuring out what really matters.

Kelly Corday

Kelly Corday

Kelly Corday is a Christ-follower — a single (widowed) mom of three -- who loves to connect with radio listeners, and tell the story of a God Who restores.

She has three amazing young adult children – Mary, Jon, and Daniel. Her husband, Dan, went to heaven a few years ago after a battle with cancer.

Kelly is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. She has served in Christian radio and television for more than a decade, and is passionate about radio’s ability to connect people and create community – a unique way of sharing the gospel with those who need to hear it, and with those who need to hear it again.

In her free time, she likes to read, write, take road trips, and spend time outdoors hiking or cycling with her kids and puppy, Andy. She serves on Haiti missions with her church, and on several cancer foundation boards.
Kelly Corday

Notify of
00:00 / 00:00