Does this darkness have a name? This cruelty, this hatred, how did it find us? Did it steal into our lives or did we seek it out and embrace it? What happened to us that we now send our children into the world like we send young men to war, hoping for their safe return, but knowing that some will be lost along the way. When did we lose our way? Consumed by the shadows. Swallowed whole by the darkness. Does this darkness have a name? Is it your name? – Lucas Scott – One Tree Hill Episode: “With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept”
Conversations like the one I had with my wife yesterday should not be ones we should be having. Conversations promoted by yet, another mass school shooting.
We should not be discussing how scared we are that we cannot keep our children safe anymore. Where are any of us safe?
The Mall? Nope.
The Movie Theater? Nope.
Surely they are safe at Church? No.
Our Schools? Worse.
As much as we want to lock them up in the house and never let them out of our sight, it’s implausible for such an action. Inhumane.
Let us not forget, “God as has not given us a spirit of fear.” We must keep living.
Now, I could go in and make this a political rant, but there is no point.
I could argue all talking points on both sides of gun control, but aren’t we all exhausted and worn out from these altercations? No one will budge on either side.
I could petition government to put prayer back in school. But the notion that “God is not allowed” is absurd! God is not confined to our laws. If our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit , then God is there. There is indeed a youth yearning for Christ.
This is not a law or regulations issue.
It’s a heart issue.
Something in OUR heart has to change or become apparent.
As cliche as this may sound, we need Love.
We need real, Jesus soaked, wholehearted, genuine love for one another.
This is the Gospel!
For God so LOVED the WORLD! He gave is one and only son TO – THE – WORLD!
Jesus obliterated the darkness with LOVE!
Jesus was drenched with COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE!
Everywhere he went, He showed genuine compassion and love towards all people. ALL PEOPLE. Especially the outcasts. The lepers. The lame. The poor. Notorious sinners.
As I write this now, my eyes begin to water. The lump in my throat is pulsing.
WE JUST NEED TO BE FREAKIN NICE TO EACH OTHER!!!
Say a sincere “Hello.”
Heaven forbid go as far as to say, “How are you?”
How difficult it is for us to show ONE SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS?
But it seems damn near impossible. Those people are weird. They look different. They are not part of our click or fan club. They are troublemakers.
They don’t seem to care about anything, why should we care about them?
Because Jesus Cares.
Because it could have just as easily been us left in that darkness.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” – Titus 3
We need to teach and show our children how to love them as Jesus loved us. No one else is going to show them.
What kind of conversations are our kids hearing from us?
What kind of actions do our kids see us doing?
They learn from us. They will say what we say. They will do what we do. They will feel like we feel.
We need to openly show this love and kindness.
We need our children to see us act out our beliefs.
We need to indulge our families in this Jesus soaked love.
If we endlessly pour kindness and love into our lives, all we will be able to do is overflow it to the world around us.
To our neighbor.
To our enemies.
To all people.
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’