Although many across the world are still trying to wrap their minds around the tragic events in CT a few days ago, it is still time to rejoice on this day. As a teacher and mother of a 6th grader and pre-kindergartener, I am severely devastated by the idea that my students and my own children’s lives are at risk every day when they go to what was once one of the safest places – school. I am also the aunt of a three year old nephew who accidently shot and killed himself with a neighbor’s gun. To be brutally honest, I am enraged and terrified at the acts of the gunman in Sandy Hook, CT. I know too much what it is like to bury a child. It HURTS. It SUCKS. The scene of the casket going down in the ground is forever in the front of your eyes. It just isn’t right – or fair.
But you know what, I still am going to rejoice today – for the lives lost and the lives saved. “Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms his child” (Unknown).
In other words, we must rejoice in our inner calmness because although we may never understand what would drive a young man to take the lives of innocent children, it’s in the calmness and peace that the light will prevail. For there are no simple, easy¸ solvable answers to tragedies such as those we are becoming all too familiar with these days. It is easy to play the blame game – point long fingers. Yes, gun control is an issue we must face, and so is the stigma and taboo of mental illness. But we mustn’t go down that road filled with anger and lack of compassion. Here is where calm and peace must reside in our hearts. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NIV).
On this Rejoice Sunday, and every day of the week, offer up a prayer/meditation in calmness. For in calmness can we see the light of truth and understanding. To God be the glory! Namaste.