Yet again in this country there are no words. It’s Valentine’s Day and there are no words. There’s nothing to say that can explain, or comfort the people who have lived through this tragedy today. People are dead. Children are dead, and there are no words. What words would you use anyway? Tragic? Sad? Unthinkable? Common? Are these words associated with the all too common school shootings? I would think so. I would say so. Words don’t seem to fit here. I’m a writer and I can’t find the words.
Broward County Florida
Today at the end of the school day a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Multiple people have died. There are no numbers released yet, the officials dealing with this tragic situation don’t have solid numbers yet. I can’t even imagine. I have 3 children, and they aren’t much younger than these kids. and I can’t even imagine. Sadly this isn’t the first time this has happened. It seems part of the culture these days. We see it happen over and over, and nothing changes. The shooting happens, we change our profiles on social media to reflect that we are standing strong with whatever city has been affected, we have prayer vigils, we watch the funerals on TV, and we go back to our day to day routine, and then it happens again. What do we do to take these shootings from the culture of our society? I wish I had that answer.
Today I was going to write a post about the great love of God, and how He sacrificed everything to show us how much He loves us. I was going to tell you how you are His Valentine, and how good it feels to know that God loves you! That is all so true. That doesn’t change because of a very tragic shooting. He is LOVE! He has always been love and He will always be love. God’s plan didn’t involve school shootings. His plan didn’t involve children dying at school. His plan didn’t involve anything evil that happened today at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. God’s plan has always been and will always be love. When you look at the big picture His plan was never to have these things happen, but we live in a fallen world, and evil will happen. Thankfully, His love is greater than all evil. His love will overcome the wicked. His love will be the beginning and the end. Until then we live in it. Until then we mourn, and we cry, and we pray for those that were involved in this tragic day.
Where we go from here
Where do we go from here? How, as Christians, do we respond? We respond the same way God responds. We mourn, we cry, we pray, and we do what we can to share His Word and to show His love. John 3:16 says,
For God so loved the world that he gave His only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.
This is the ONLY hope we have. We can’t have our hope placed in things of this world, the ONLY hope we have is God, through Jesus.
If you’re interested in the history of school shootings, this is a link from Wikipedia that shows school shootings going back as far as 1764. Not every shooting mentioned in this link is a school shooting as we know them today, but all have ties to a school or school like setting. This is not a new problem. Sadly, it’s a long history of gun violence in school settings.