Hearing the news from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the fact the young man killed his, mother, and so many children and teachers is heart breaking. My prayers are many even when the words are simple.
I pray for each family who lost their child…each family who is afraid…each one who witnessed such horrible events…those uncertain and grieving.
Watching President Obama express his grief and resolve reminds us of our vulnerability and the call to respond with passion and wisdom.
I know every day, children are in danger, and today we are stunned into reality. Yes, we need to seriously discuss what it means to harbor the emotion that leads to murder. We all need to seriously discuss how to create a community that includes each member, even those who are different among us. All of us need to discuss why we have the types of guns and permissions which currently guide a deadly norm within society.
It is my prayer that we all are stirred to our core so these children do not pass away from this life without us all being truly affected to create real change…as our President said, from Newtonwn, CT to the street corners of Chicago.
If you are looking for a New Year’s Resolution that truly builds the world we long for, then begin at home and address the emotional needs of those we know and love. Then let all of the public representatives know how you feel about creating a safe place to life, learn, work, and worship. This is about the very basic message Jesus spoke, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is our turn to not let these children, teachers, or the gunman to die in vain. Let it be the beginning of a better life for us all.