It is impossible to make sense of that which is senseless. Struggling this morning in light of the local WDBJ 7 news reporters who were gunned down while on air. They were both young and had a lot of things going for them. Violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It lives in all communities and no one is immune to this possibility. The actions of one can have long-lasting effects on so many. Violence shakes us out of our comfort zones, and again we are robbed of the facade of life as usual. We are reminded that life is temporary.
The schools in our county are on lock down this morning as a precaution. My wife is a teacher and my son is in his second week of Kindergarten. I think of them and the others just doing their jobs as the reality of violence overruns our innocence and of those who may have been watching this live at the time of the incident. Tonight, my child may ask questions. I will not have answers, how do you make sense of that which is senseless?
I will hug my wife and children tonight and weep for the reality of the world we live in, and pray! As a person of faith, I do all I know to do which is to pray for the families of these young victims. Who in doing their jobs lost their lives. I pray for the peace that passed all understanding to comfort their families and friends. Only a peace that passes understanding can give comfort when the act itself is beyond understanding (senseless).
For those who knew them personally, my prayer is that they will be remembered by so many not for how they died but for how they lived and their impact on the lives that they touched.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”~Matthew 5:4
And in time,
“I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”~Jeremiah 31:13b