Petra Anderson

Petra Anderson

I woke up this morning to the news that there had been a terrible shooting in Aurora, Colorado, which is an eastern Denver suburb. The shooting took place at the premier of the movie, “Dark Knight Rises”. When I saw the news I wondered if anyone we knew might have been there. See story here…

Then my son, David came down with the news that our friend, Petra Anderson had been shot three times in the arm and once in the head. She is now in ICU. The bullet that hit her in the head went through her nose and is stuck in the back of her skull. She can still move and talk. That is good news!

Please join us along with her family and friends in praying for Petra’s healing and recovery. Pray for the Lord’s peace and comfort for her and her family, and loved ones.

We first met Petra through speech and debate. She is one of the most gifted and talented young women we know. She loves Jesus, and is part of a wonderful family! Her aunt, uncle and cousins go to our church, Village Seven Presbyterian.

The Anderson family has experienced more than their share of pain and hardship lately. Petra’s mom, Kim has been battling cancer. Our heart goes out to them.

It’s time to come together and hold them up in prayer as well as all those affected by this tragedy.

Psalm 34 is one of my favorites in times of trials and difficulties.

“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

—Psalm 34:17-19 (ESV)

When you read something like this in the news it’s sad and scary, but when someone you know was affected by the tragedy, it really brings it home. Thanks for caring and standing with us and them in prayer.

In His Grip, Dave

  1. Naphtali says:

    I am reblogging this on my blog. So sorry and I will be praying.

  2. Susan says:

    My cousin’s son is a friend of Petra’s and I just wanted to say that even though we are of different faiths ( I am LDS.. you might know us as Mormon) We are keeping her and all the other victims of this senseless tragedy in our prayers. Many will be praying for Petra and her family.

  3. Mary Roac says:

    My prayersare with this family. I do not know this sweet lady, but I know peoplewho do know her. LORD, I lift up both mother and daughter to you. Please send your healing angles to them. Most of all your will be done.

  4. Allegra Carmickle says:

    I just got rid of Facebook yesterday, but Petra is in my prayers today. Would very much appreciate an update if/when you get one. Thank you.

  5. Joanne says:

    Is there anything else we can do? Do you know where we can send care packages or encouragements for Petra and to help the family?

  6. Joshua Washington says:

    Petra and I graduated together in the music composition program at UOP.. I love her dearly. My father, mother, sisters and I are all praying along with the congregation.

  7. Dianne Barlowe says:

    So sad to hear this, Dave. We have been praying for the victims but can now mention Petra by name. Keep us posted.

  8. Penny Potts says:

    Praying God’s strength and healing power for Petra and peace for her family.

  9. Valerie says:

    My prayers for Petra, her family, and everyone hurt in this incident. God please help us all!

  10. SPTP2011 says:

    Reblogged this on Stumbling into Grace with SPTP2011 and commented:
    Putting a face to this senseless tragedy

  11. Steven says:

    I know Petra from school and church. I met her just this last semester actually. I don’t know her as well as I would like to but all of my prayer goes towards her and the victims of the shooting. I’m already amazed by the miracle of her being alive

    • Thanks for your prayers. She went through surgery and it sounds like that went well. The were able to get the fragments from the bullet out of her brain. She still has a ways to go in recovery, so keep up the prayer.

  12. Dan Walden says:

    I also do not know this obviously fine young lady but I do know a good friend of hers – David – and am praying for her, family and friends as well!

  13. Will be praying… My heart goes out to you guys and the Anderson family.

  14. […] homeschool dad and blogger Dave Diaso: I woke up this morning to the news that there had been a terrible shooting in Aurora, Colorado, […]

  15. I have been glued to the tv all day….listening in shock and horror! It is just terrible what happened out there. My own daughter was at the same movie premiere in Missouri and I’m thanking God that she was not at the “wrong place at the wrong time”!! I will pray for the young lady and her family as they are going through this rough time in their lives!! May God bless them with good news and quick healing!!

  16. faithfulnibbles says:

    I am reblogging also. And praying for Petra, her mom and all other victims.

  17. Margaret De Pauw says:

    We are praying for Petra and her family for courage during this difficult trial. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers and answering them!!!

  18. does anybody know how she is doing now?

    • she is recovering from her surgery from earlier today. The bullet entered in the front of the face at her nose and traveled to the back of her head, and she survived. The doctor felt good about everything coming out of surgery

  19. lbkennett says:

    What a terrible, terrible thing that has happened in Colorado. Thanks for a reminder to pray, for even the perpetrator.

  20. lbkennett says:

    Reblogged this on lbkennett and commented:
    What a terrible, terrible thing that has happened in Colorado. The following is a reminder to pray. Pray for those hurt who need healing, for family members touch by this tragedy or grieving the lost, for Aurora, Co, and yes, even the perpetrator. He is not beyond the reach of Calvary’s Love. May God bless your time in prayer.

  21. mccsmagistra says:


    We got to know Petra last summer in Maine when she was at a music festival. Thank you for alerting us (via our daugher via Facebook). She attended our church and came to our house while she was here. She is a talented and lovely young woman. Do you have an address for her? We only have her CA address in our guest book.

    In Christ,

    Sue Strickland

  22. Planting Potatoes says:

    standing in agreement with you and everyone who reads your prayer. Praying for God’s merciful healing of Petra, as well as all those affected by this evil tragedy.

  23. Praying for everyone involved. Believing God’s Word to hold true even in this situation. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good…”

  24. Lord, you are an awesome God. We praise You for Your mercy and grace. Lord be with Petra and those who love her, hold them in your arms wipe their tears; let them know you are with them. Guide her doctors & caregivers, give them wisdom & endurance. We lift up to you Lord all the victims. Please hold Satan at bay. Bring healing. Amen

  25. […] a stressful day for family and friends, Petra made it successfully through surgery to remove bullet fragments that were lodged in the back of her […]

  26. Randy Stahla says:

    I will be praying for you! My web site is for encouraging people.

  27. […] more news is coming out about Petra Anderson we are learning that it’s a story of God’s grace. A rare genetic defect, which caused […]

  28. christrocks says:

    Will be praying…such a horrible thing.

  29. kford2007 says:

    I’m sending you so many prayers. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It’s so senseless.

  30. Jean-Paul says:

    I’m French (from Strasbourg) and I love Jésus too ; I will pray for Petra and her family.

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