We are pausing between our scheduled blog posts to take a moment to reflect on the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Before our comments about the tragedy, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of all the victims. Words can’t express the sadness we feel for you. We cannot begin to know the depth of your grief, but we mourn with you.
Joan’s comments on the tragedy: I heard a news reporter who was covering the shootings of the students in Newtown, Ct. say, “Today, the devil visited Sandy Hook Elementary School.” That statement has been resounding in my mind. Sadly, I would have to agree with him. The kind of evil that was perpetrated on the victims of the shootings is unspeakable, and, yet, that is the face of evil. It seems we are living in a new day and age. One where evil is ever present. It leaves many of us wondering why.
We hear some say we need more gun control, while others focus on better monitoring of mental health issues. Others call for less violent video games, or for more medicating of people with mental health problems. The so called solutions keep mounting, but, even though they all have some merit, I find myself questioning if any of them offer real answers. After all, evil does exist in the world. And no amount of control from a human perspective will completely stop it. Yet, there is hope.
Has anyone besides myself noticed a shift in our society towards violence in the last fifty years? When I was growing up, we didn’t have concerns about brutality to one another as we do today. So what was different? It’s easy to see that one obvious change has been the removal of God from the public eye. We literally have banned God from our schools and from the public square; and evil has come in to take His place. Keeping God in the picture keeps us bound to one another with a moral standard that keeps us accountable. And whether you believe it or not, there is a supernatural protection that comes along with having God in the mix.
Would the tragedy in Newtown have occurred fifty years ago, before God was removed from schools? I can’t be sure, but I think not. An obvious first solution to the violence now visible in our society is to bring God to the forefront once again. America was dedicated to God at its birth. And our nation has always been blessed. It seems that turning back to God would be a very good thing for our country! I hope you’ll give this some thought.
Rebecca’s comments: My mom had some great comments there and I totally agree! I would like to add one more point though….this whole blog is about cultivating unconditional love in our lives, especially from God and between ourselves. Everything we’ve said so far about unconditional love, I believe, would be a huge help in preventing tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary from happening in the future. If people are so feeling and showing true unconditional love, there’s little room for evil or the will to harm others. So it makes sense that it would automatically lessen the amount of harmful tragedies that could strike.
Especially after this latest tragedy, I hope everyone is starting to see even more the urgent need for unconditional love in this world. I hope people will continue to get on board the U Love chain…..and all we can do now, is show an outpouring of U Love to the victims’ families, and to each other every day, to help prevent future tragedies…