Friday, 20 young students and 6 adults died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut when a gunman targeted innocent children and staff. We look at that and see a horrible, sad tragedy that effected so many lives. And our Nation stops and grieves, with good cause.
(Photo from USA Today, here.)
That same day, there were an estimated 125,000 abortions. Somewhere around 5,760 children became orphans. 38,493 children aged out of a foster or institutional care system with nowhere to go.
246 million children between 5 and 17 were exploited for sex, pornography, armed conflict and illegal drug trades…
This – all of this – is a reason to grieve.
But I read something in a book by G.K. Chesterton last night that caused me to pause as I was thinking of the evil I see around me…
“For it is the darkness that defines the light; as a nightmare may startle us into noticing a redeeming underlying order of which nightmarishness is the negation.” –Michael D. Hurley
What does all the evil in the world show you? Does it elicit a desire to hole up and homeschool our kids so we are safe? Does it make us want to turn off CNN so we don’t see what’s going on in the world? Do we even know about BBC and the world around us? Sometimes for as natural as those reactions are, we miss seeing what Hurley stated… that it’s the darkness that sometimes helps us see the light.
Here’s an example of light:
Last night, I was with a group of somewhere around 50 that went caroling at a hospital. We heard this in response to the night: “[This group] blessed Lutheran hospital this eve to ‘Christmas Carole’. I only had the glimpse of what an impact it had on our floor-pt’s and staff. Yet heard from other ancillary staff who saw what happened on other floors they blessed/rocked the whole Luth house tonight! One nurse said ‘I was mad cause I thought I would be tripping over girl scout troops and now I’m wondering if this group has cd’s I could buy (She thought we were professionals 🙂 )…I literally saw hard nurses cry and patients who had not slept in days fall asleep.” So sweet to hear truth ring out and see hearts soften and opened!”
Sometimes, it doesn’t take a whole lot to show love. Sometimes its something as simple as showing up and see God move through you and bringing hope to people who desperately need it (and not just around Christmas either). I don’t know about you, but sometimes the ‘light’ is much brighter and more sweet when I’ve seen a lot of darkness.
Today, I’m grieving for a world that’s hurting… (Romans 8.22)