by Wendy Keller, encouragement expert
Of course, there are no words. The anguish, the rawness, the shock – how could this happen in our country…again.
The lives of everyone directly involved are changed forever. The reverberation in all our compassionate hearts around the country and around the world is profound, touching, humbling, and so very sad. It is a reminder that the world is really just one big tribe. Watched President Obama’s touching, tear-inducing speech from the 14th.
These things bring up the existential questions:
Why do bad things happen? To good people, to innocent people, to little kids?
How can a just or loving God allow such things to happen?
And other questions:
What was wrong with the shooter – how could anyone do that?
What must his family and friends be thinking and feeling now? Surely they are in a whole different kind of horror.
When terrible events like this occur in the world, I believe it is a visceral reminder to those who have ears to hear to not just treat those we know and love with more kindness, but to go out of our way to be kind and loving even to those people on the fringe of our society. One never knows what burdens another person bears.
Let this tragedy be a reminder to those of us who are not directly affected to be more giving, more inclusive, more loving and more patient with everyone we encounter.
Love to all who are suffering, from this tragedy and so many others around the world – public, private and personal.