Culture / Pursuing Wisdom / December 21, 2012

Must every tragedy be a lesson?

From my Weekly Article at Worldmag.com

Here we are, exactly one week removed from the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. I first heard the news while sitting with some co-workers at a company Christmas party. Like the rest of America, I was dumbfounded at the horror. That evening, after tucking my own children safely into bed, I sat on the couch paralyzed by the news coverage on TV. The weight of the event pressed so hard on my soul that it squeezed the tears from me, not as mournful sobbing but as a steady flow of overwhelmedness. And I know millions of others felt the same.

 That next day, though, when I fired up my computer, I began to see “responses” to the shooting—blogs offering theological “lessons,” articles pertaining to mental illness, and pontifications on gun control. What tripe. Twenty children and six adults lay slaughtered in Connecticut and we are proffering lessons and policies? Yes, it is natural to seek answers when the un-understandable happens. It is human nature to seek explanations, resolution, and remuneration. But children are dead. Are lessons really what is needed?

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Read the full article HERE.




2 Comments

Dec 21, 2012

These were my thoughts exactly. Admittedly, I was a bit annoyed with the theological articles as well as the gun control and mental health conversations. I finally said something at our evening service where my husband/pastor was leading a discussion on the Friday massacre and what our response should be. My comment is that we as Christians need to better learn how to weep with those who weep rather than trying to ‘do’ or say something that is not helpful. Great point about all those at the tomb of Lazarus. May I learn to weep when this coming year.


Dec 23, 2012

When my fiancee died, all I could think of was:
She is Not Replaceable…..



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