Cook: In the big heart of Chattanooga

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Uzma Munir, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, puts her hands to her face while listening during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of the July, 16 shootings on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The vigil was held one day after gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four U.S. Marines and wounded two others and a Chattanooga police officer at the Naval Operational Support Center on Amnicola Highway shortly after firing into the Armed Forces Career Center on Lee Highway.

#ChattanoogaStrong?

Not yet.

For a little longer, we need to remain in our brokenness.

Mournful. And suffering.

ChattanoogaWounded.

ChattanoogaWeak.

Yes, it's difficult to sit with such pain, for these are jagged, post-traumatic days. Ever since Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed a Navy sailor and four Marines in the heart of the city on Thursday - more Marines killed here in 2015 than in Afghanistan - we have been walking through our own 21st-century valley of the shadow of death.

photo Staff photo by Doug Strickland / Uzma Munir, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, puts her hands to her face while listening during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of the July, 16 shootings on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.