Today there was another mass shooting–worse than any other in our nation’s history. No one can begin to understand why this guy wanted to kill or injure so many people he didn’t know. All we can say is, “He must be mentally ill” because no one in their right mind would do such a horrific act.
When we go out to a movie, concert, or dinner, we want to trust that we will not be harmed. If we let our fears take over we would be sentencing ourselves to a life bound by the walls of our homes. And, sadly enough, there is no guarantee that we will not experience tragedy under our own roof.
We need to face our fears about violence and understand we are living in a time when crime makes the news almost daily. No matter how we try, there is no control over someone shooting out of a hotel window on the 32nd floor. Even if everyone attending the concert had been toting a gun, it would not have stopped the killer from spraying bullets at the large crowd.
We need faith to trust that the majority of people in our society aren’t going to shoot into a crowd. We have to trust our government will continue to work on controlling the guns that have no business in the hands of anyone other than the military and police.
Dear God, for now give us peace that passes all understanding. Amen.