Thoughts on the Charleston shooting
Generally speaking, I try to keep the content of my social media posts limited to the day to day rhythms of family life and fun. There is just so much darkness around us today, and it sometimes helps to cope by keeping my eyes and heart gratefully focused on the light. But I am just so heartbroken over the horrifying events last night.
In moments like these, I am tempted to turn towards despair, fear, hopelessness that things will not change, that this world I have brought my child into is unsafe, that it is a terrible place. I am tempted to adopt a heart that wants to close, that wants to shield him from the world, from the reality that not everything is bright, not all is well, not everyone is good.
But the truth is that this IS the world we live in, and hiding and ignoring it is not going to change things. So I'm posting today to recognize what happened, to embrace the pain, to acknowledge the lives that were lost. Because it is only in facing reality that we can confront and hope to rectify the brokenness in our system and community that enables this injustice. I found comfort today in the words of Dr. King whom our President quoted during his remarks, and perhaps you will too, which is what I will leave you with:
"“They say to each of us,” Dr. King said, “black and white alike, that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely with [about] who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American Dream.
“And if one will hold on, he will discover that God walks with him, and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.”
My heart and prayers are with the victims and their families today. May we all draw near and hold on to God, to Hope, to Light today. RIP.
Originally posted on June 18, 2015.