They suck for those directly affected – those who have lost a child, or friend, and are experiencing grief – but they also suck for those of us who are trying to figure out how to process it. How to talk about it… with others, with our kids.
It’s almost impossible to know where the line is between being overly morbid and depressed vs. looking callous by not letting it affect you.
I want to be sensitive. I do. But I’m often not. I don’t think we get anywhere constructive by being “sensitive”. We’d just be wallowing in feelings.
Someone has to have the presence of mind to say, “STOP IT!!”
So I’ve turned the news off the last few days because there is nowhere constructive that they’re going to go with this situation. There is nowhere in our news media, or social media like Twitter for that matter, where there is any focus on what God’s intentions are for what happened in Connecticut – or what happens every day of the year all over the globe where tragedies occur that don’t move the emotional needle one iota for us.
There is nothing in our human power that we can control to avert every tragedy. We try, but clearly we fail. And will always fail. Because other people’s decisions are not yours or mine to control.
There are no laws that have ever stopped an accident, or a criminal or an unstable mind.
So, I’m all for sharing the message of hope that God has for us all – that He loves you and me and our kids, and despite the horribleness of this world (which, by the way, He knows full well and was born into it in days worse than the ones we’re in now) I’m thankful that in the middle of those terrible things we experience we can join the heavenly angels singing, as they did then…
“Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men”.
So we turn to the story of the babe in a manger. The little innocent baby, full of promise and wonder, who lived to die to save a world that has always been His all along.
It’s in Him that our hope lies. The more people who are talking about what THAT means (every single person on his or her face repenting before God) instead of how many new laws we can pass or what people we can place under government control is where we can be constructive.