What can I even begin to write about the tragedy that has occurred in our nation today? Are there truly any words that can be spoken to console the families that have lost so much? Are there truly any words that can bring peace to a community that will forever be plagued by this very dark moment in their history?
A very terrible and horrifying event took place this morning in a small town in Connecticut. Lives were cut short and they were unfairly taken from this world. This act is evil personified. There is no way to make sense of what took place and we will never understand why this happened.
Death really puts life into perspective. It is experienced by every man, woman, and child, no matter the race, gender, or religion. Death is universal. It knows no partiality and it holds no favor. Death is not subject to social status, occupation, or power.
While on Twitter this morning I began to see the news headlines roll in:
"More than 20 presumed dead."
"Shooting in Newtown, CT."
"27 dead, 18 are children."
I could not believe what I was reading. I did not think it was possible that America would be experiencing yet another school shooting. When I sat down on the couch with my dad and turned on CNN we caught sight of a horrific scene.
Police officers, SWAT teams, and medical personnel were spread throughout the parking lot of Sandy Hook Elementary. News reporters, photographers, and camera-men were congregated at every possible location. Yellow Police-tape intertwined in the chaos of it all. Parents paced the area, hoping to see their child emerge from the school. Children that had evacuated the school were gripped tightly by their mothers and fathers, tear-streaked cheeks as they wrapped their arms around them.
The scenes I was seeing on our television were just not registering in my mind. How could there possibly be another shooting? In an elementary school of all places. How could one bring themselves to take countless innocent lives without a second thought? How will those children that saw their classmates die with their own eyes be affected for the rest of their lives?
I cannot help but think how broken and fallen this world truly is. I am sickened by the tragedy that occurred today. I am broken for those parents that will never be able to see their child grow up, graduate, get married, have children. In great anguish I am broken over those that lost their lives today. So many had only begun to live just to have life ripped from their hands.
In the midst of such terrible tragedy we must come together as communities, as people, and as a nation. No matter our differences in religion, worldview, or spirituality, as humans we share in the great sadness that has overcome our people today. We all share in the broken-heartedness of those that are hurting and all we can really do at this point in time is pray to God that they find peace, despite the extenuating circumstances. It is not a time to debate about "Good vs. Evil" or "Why would God allow this to happen?"
It is not a time to push religion as the key to all our problems or the answer to all suffering. It is a time to love your fellow human-being because love is what this country needs.
For those struggling to understand, seek the company and counsel of your loved ones. The loss of life so young reminds us how precious life really is. Hold those you love a little tighter and a little longer. Tell those you care about your care for them and how much they mean to you. It is time to stand as mankind and love those that are hurting. It is time to weep with those that weep. Pray for your fellow man.
"Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one's heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty."