The news about the school shooting at the elementary school in Nashville today has been so hard. I’ve been wondering what I would say to all of those who are hurting. All those families who lost someone, who know a person who was killed. All the teachers and parents and first responders and pastors and — oh, gosh, all of us who keep realizing with a sinking feeling that we can’t ultimately protect ourselves and our loved ones from the terrible things that sometimes happen in this world.
We had this job here — to learn to love this earth and the people on it. To treat folks the way we would like to be treated. And it feels like that things have gotten away from us and our world is racing along towards disaster.
And here I am, awake in the night. Feeling afraid, alone, full of grief and bewildered about how we got to this place of brokenness.
We are held captive by the false idolatries of the Second Amendment, beliefs in conspiracy theories, a multimillion dollar industry of guns.
And where is the holy one tonight?
God is weeping in a hospital hallway where parents seek their injured or murdered children and loved ones.
God is holding a first responder overwhelmed by the scenes they saw today.
God is sitting beside the bed of every parent who lies awake trying to figure out how to keep their child safe as they go to school, the mall, the movie theatre.
God is reaching out to hold the heart and mind of the one so wounded that this horror gets acted out.
God holds the space between us as we numbly see the news, read the latest statistics.
Have mercy, dear creator of the universe. We are danger of tumbling into the abyss.
14 thoughts on “Awake in the Night”
Thank you, Beth, for words I could not find. Judith Bone
Blessings and peace for us all.
Thank you for giving me words to express my feelings.
Blessings to you. Bette.
You are a blessing!
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Thank you dear friend. Your words have found a home in my heart today.
Sweet friend. You are in heart today.
It is sometimes hard to remember that God loves us all, the good and the bad of us. Thank you for the reminder.
Yes. And to carry that love …. Blessings.
Blessings and love to you.
Thank You! I’m certain that your words weave into all the is good and useful in our world, that works for peace and safety and a world without violence. It’s a challenge. That the shooter may have been hurt and damaged in that very same school only compounds the levels grief for some of us. For every kid shot on the streets of our communities, for every kid shot in out nation’s classrooms, for every shooter including every kid who uses a gun to take his/her/their own life… I pray and for the circles of grief and fear that follows, I pray and for the courage to keep on rising our voices in protest, keeps us voting in protest and giving I also pray.
It is so devastating. And now with the anti trans laws just passed in Tennessee. I fear for the young ones and old who are vilified by culture and legislation. Lord, have mercy.
yes indeed, Lord have mercy and send us the power to change what we can
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