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Editorial: We pray for God’s mercy on us and all grieving families
About politics and other thingsDecember 19, 2012 | 766 views | Post a comment
It is Sunday morning and Perry Como’s classic “Christ is Born” is playing in the background.
Tears stream down my face as I read about the murders of school children in Connecticut. The juxtaposition of the horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, together with Christmas, is overwhelming.
All over America, hearts are filled with sadness over the senseless deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, whom a gunman so mercilessly mowed down in their first-grade classrooms.
Although the horrific scenes had been playing over and over on television and on the radio since it happened Friday morning, these were my first tears. Reading it in print made it real.
Perhaps that’s because the nonstop coverage on television and radio is more about voyeurism than about documenting a tragedy. Disjointed interviews and random video clips of grieving families with cameras shoved in their faces leave the viewer numb. Such exploitation does not heal the soul, nor does it tell the whole story.
Therefore, I was anxious to get the Sunday newspaper to read about what happened and to get the whole story, or at least as much of it as was known at the time. Reading about it makes it less sensational and more real, as we get names and other specifics so that we can assimilate the details in our mind and digest them at our own pace.
Whether we want to or not, it’s important that we recognize what happened. My heart ached a little more as I read the names of each little child and their ages listed as 6 and 7, but I had to read it. Some people won’t allow themselves to experience the grief and the tears, but tears help with the process of healing. Although our hearts are breaking, we must begin to heal. The pain has to be experienced because it is real, and so is evil.
There is much that likely will never be known about this senseless tragedy. Was it just the violent, hate-filled rage of one maniac? It’s hard to even think of him as a human -- a misguided soul. Or was it uncontrolled mental illness? A warped desire for fame?
Or was it just pure evil, which always finds the path of least resistance? Perhaps it was all of the above, or none of the above. We may never know, though we try in vain to understand.
Whatever it was, we cannot wrap our brains around something so evil that defies logic and reasoning. And whatever it was, it was not the gun that was to blame. If there are any questions about guns, it could be this: What if the gunman had not committed suicide when he did? How much longer would it have taken for someone in authority to arrive, and how many more little children would have been slaughtered before someone with a gun could have ended the massacre?
Certainly there are more questions than answers as we try to understand that which cannot be explained by any rational way.
We will move on, but we must not forget.
We pray for the grieving families of Newtown, and for all families. We hug our children a little tighter tonight.
Despite the dark cloud of evil, there still exist faith, love, unselfishness, and courage enough to sustain our hope for the future. Where there is faith in Christ, there is hope that is our eternal future, especially during this Christmas season.
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