As a mama who sends her kids off to school each day the mass murder in FL is the type of thing that haunts my thoughts. As a mama I never want to see this happen again. As a mama I will pray that it does not happen again. As a mama I need something ‘tangible’ I can do. Something I can do to help these kids. The kids that could be murder victims and the kids who could be murderers.
I know it’s hard to hear but any kid could be that kid. Any kid could be the kid who is gunned down any kid could be the kid with the gun. Our sinful nature is always there threatening to strike. Our sinful nature wants to put other people down. Our sinful nature wants to lash out at the people around us in hate.
The only thing that can fight off our hate-filled sinful nature is the love of our Savior, Jesus.
I’m not going to petition for gun control. I’m not going to encourage legislation about mental health. These are things I know little to nothing about. I hear and see many statistics about mental health and about guns. I am not an expert on either. If you are an expert about either please speak in wisdom about those things. Please in wisdom and love add to the dialogue.
If I’m not going to petition for gun control or encourage legislation about mental health, what can I do?
When neighborhood kids walk through my door I can ask questions.
I can ask who they are? How they are? What filled their day?
I can invite kids into my church and into my home.
I can love the kids that come into my path. I can look at their little faces and love on them.
I’m not going to do this perfectly. I get crabby. I get distracted.
I can teach my kids to love on those kids that never have anyone to play with.
I can ask my kids questions about the kids in their class.
I can ask my kids about their day. How they are? What filled their day?
I can be an example for my kids on how to love the people around us that are lonely.
I’m not going to do this perfectly. My kids are not going to do it perfectly. I am far from a perfect example.
I can extend a hand to the mama’s around me.
I’m not going to do this perfectly. I don’t always click with every person. I don’t always see the people around me.
None of this is perfect. My list of things I can do is not a one prescription fits and cures all. But it is something I can do. I pray I will be used by God to extend the love he has given me to the people around me.
When these tragedies strike again we still have hope. If they strike right in our midst we still have hope. We won’t hope in our plans or prescriptions but we can have hope because of Jesus. Jesus came to this earth and suffered violence. He suffered violence to the point of death. Death did not have the victory. Three days later he rose. That death, life, and resurrection is where we find hope. We won’t find hope in our lives apart from him.