I know everyone and their brother are posting about the shootings that happened on Friday.
It's on all of our minds and hearts.
Opinions and thoughts have flooded social media. My Facebook page personally was ablaze with thoughts from...
"We need more gun control"
"We need to arm our teachers"
"This is what happens when you take God out of our schools"
"This is what happens when you ignore mentally unstable people"
"Shame on people for making this political"
"Dear God, why?"
My thoughts are a billion, honestly. I'll share just a few today.
I'm not even going to touch the whole gun control thing. My hope and prayer is that either way, no one makes knee-jerk reaction legislation that makes things worse. Making decisions when emotions are high and clear minds do not prevail is never a good idea.
I do agree with many who are pressing for mental heath issues to be better addressed. There are no easy answers, but this is definitely an area that as a country, we can do a better job at figuring out how to handle these issues.
I don't love some of the Facebook "saying" pictures that have filtered through circles. Many are great and are touching sentiments, but others that blast notes that things like this happened because God is not longer in school to stop them because we kicked him out... Honestly and bluntly, that's a load of crap. Do I claim to know why God allowed this to happen? Absolutely not. Do I think if we weren't so dad gum politically correct and didn't abolish God from our schools so many years ago that things would be better, at least in some ways? Yes...
But I also recognize that we live in a fallen world regardless and evil abounds.
You can not convince me for one second that God was not in that school. I firmly believe He was there strengthening those teachers, calming those children, and sweeping those lost little ones up into his arms so they would know nothing but his peace in those moments of horror. I believe this with all of my heart.
Christians... lovers of Jesus... I encourage you now to show these people, show ALL people, the LOVE of our Saviour. Now is not the time to stick your tongue out and say, "I told you so" but to be the servants God has called us to be and wrap our hearts and arms around those who hurt. Whether it is bathing them in prayer or cards from afar, or those near to do more tangible acts of service, let's love.
One last thought.
I don't fear sending my kids to school today. I do so in full confidence as I have done each and every day that God has a purpose for ever single minute of their lives. I refuse to live in fear of what might be but celebrate in what is today.
Not one of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Annabelle taught me that. Every day is to be treasured. So today, I don't cower in fear but rejoice in God who has given us hope.
While I don't fear... I do hold my sweet ones a little tighter today, very thankful for the blessing God has given me in them.
Love to you all. And a ton of prayers to those families and the whole community who is mourning today.