So, here we are. Just a week or so away from Christmas.
A holiday built around the idea of peace on earth and goodwill toward men.
And yet, we, as a Nation, find our joyful holiday season ripped apart by yet another senseless, heartbreaking, devastating tragedy.
27 people: 7 brave adults, and 20 precious children, gunned down in a Connecticut town that could be any town in America.
In a building, an institution, where we’ve always hoped our children would be safer than safe.
At this point, the names are all too familiar to us and for all the wrong reasons: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Portland, and now Newtown Connecticut.
The simple truth is that the violence is quite literally everywhere and over the last few days we’ve all had to face this cold hard truth again. Especially those of us who are parents.
Anyone who tells you that they know definitively, conclusively, absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt what the solution is, isn’t being honest with you and isn’t being honest with themselves.
Eliminate violent video games- ban assault weapons- bring God back to our public institutions-make it harder for everyone to obtain firearms- reinstitute more severe corporal punishment- increase security at schools and shopping malls-the list goes on and on.
And after a tragedy like this the only sensible response is to say that any and every available reasonable suggestion should be worth serious discussion and consideration. Because we simply CAN’T allow these senseless acts of violence and murder to continue.
But none of these ideas, individually or collectively are a magic wand that will fix everything that is wrong in one fell swoop.
What’s behind the seeming increase in violence in our society?
Or more directly: Where along the way did we lose touch with each other?
When did we forget that we must act as our brother’s keeper?
Why did we forget that our single greatest obligation is to love one another as we have been loved?
Because the truth of the matter is, it’s only through answering these questions that we as a society will get to a better place.
There are no words to express our sorrow to the families and the community affected by the tragedy in Newtown.
We can only hope that their healing will begin when the time is right.
But healing does not mean forgetting.
Not for Newtown.
And not for us.
Where do we go from here?
I don’t know.
But I hope it’s to a better place than where we’re at right now.