A girl from our youth group (which really isn't ours anymore) called last night to tell us about the harrowing experience she had the night before. She works at a local sandwich shop and as she was working that night, two men came in and robbed the place - at gun point! She actually had a gun held to her head while they took money from the drawer and took the purses of two of the patrons in the store.
After this girl's call, I couldn't get her story or the image of someone holding a gun to her head, out of my mind. Partly because I had a similar experience. When I was a junior or senior in High School, I worked at a small, independent drug store as a cashier. One day a man came to my register and as he lifted his shirt showing me a gun in his waistband, he demanded that I open the draw and give him all the money.
I remember being in a state of shock and not much else. Evidently, after opening the drawer, I moved away and allowed him to reach in and take whatever he wanted. After he left, I stumbled to the back room, told the manager and then collapsed into a chair, shaking uncontrollably. Tears followed shortly thereafter.
Knowing how I felt after my incident where the gun was only shown and never pointed at me, I can only imagine how this girl felt during, immediately after, and then long term, after having a gun pointed at her head. It's definitely something that stays with you for a long time. It must be some form of post-traumatic syndrome and my heart breaks knowing that this sweet young lady has to deal with this.
I, as well as she, would appreciate any prayers on her behalf for peace of mind and feeling safe as she deals with the emotional shock of this incident.