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On a day which has seen the release of 911 calls placed while the Newtown school shooting was occuring, tonight at 9 "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes Rick Warren, a man all too familiar with the tragedy of losing a child as a result of firearms and mental health, two of the tenets that fueled the massacre on December 14th, 2012.
Joining Morgan in a primetime interview, Warren reveals the ways in which he walks the complicated line between being spiritual and faithful, versus being blameful and accusatory:
"The first thing that we need to say is that God is grieving, too. Uh, a lot of people try to make it sound like 'well everything that happens is God's will.' That's nonsense. God allows everything, but God does not choose everything," he says, as a live audience listens in. "In a crisis, whether it's a tornado, a hurricane, a shooting or anything - we're either going to run to God, or we're going to run away from God. And probably about half as many do either, OK? Uh, I have found that running away from God doesn't bring comfort. When we look for explanations in the tragedies of life, we never find them."
As part of this evening's conversation, Warren reveals his child's suicide routinely causes him to cry, a daily "sign of strength" that he says has helped solidify his own character:
"The death of my own son has made me more sensitive. It's made me more compassionate," explains the senior pastor of Saddleback Church. "I can tear up pretty easily when I hear about somebody else, uh, going through and so my heart goes out to these people."
Watch the above clip above as Warren talks about the grieving period after tragedy, and for the full interview, tune in to CNN tonight at 9.
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