Woke up to discover that my friend was “safe.” Meaning someone else wasn’t.
I checked the news and read of the horrifying mass shooting in Las Vegas. My heart hurts for our country as this seems to be an almost common place occurence. What will I wake up to tomorrow? Where will the next disaster or tragedy unfold? It makes me feel small and incapable of making the world into the beautiful thing I can envision it to be. Thinking about the senselessness of the shooting and all the political and ideological blaming and mudslinging that seems to inevitably follow, my heart just hurts for our world and for those who lost loved ones today.
Where can we go from here? Only light can dispel darkness. Hate and anger and blame cannot remove hate and anger and violence. The only way forward that I see is to love. To love deeper, bigger, broader, more visibly, more audaciously, more shockingly. Because love covers a multitude of sins. Love changes things. Love can mend a broken heart. Love can cause people who have very different views of the world to come together for a greater good. If ever we needed our citizens and our leaders to drop the pretense, drop the rhetoric and drop the weapons it is now. If ever we needed to put differences aside and find ways to help others–even if we think they don’t “deserve it” it’s now. If ever we needed to stop the talk and walk the walk, it’s now.
Today, how can we be helpers? In our homes? In our communities? In our state? In our country? In our world?
(My question is NOT rhetorical–I’d love to hear YOUR ideas and your Commitments on ways you will be a helper today and going forward. I’m pondering this one too.)
- Posted by Dawn Behm
- On October 3, 2017
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