Adam B. is visiting this weekend, and we went to see Rise of the Guardians today. When we got out of the theater I pulled up Twitter only to be swept away by the deluge of sorrow and outrage over the Connecticut shootings.
We sat down in the morning to partake in a story all about how precious children are, how they are all we have and their well being and growth should be our greatest priority, then stepped into the real world two hours later to find that nearly twenty of those children were ripped from life by a madman with a gun.
The juxtaposition haunts me, so much that my mind struggles to find the words – and my fingers to find the keys. It’s a beautiful idea, that there are mighty heroes out there fighting to guard our children from fear and that everything, in the end, is all right as long as they keep believing, but the truth is that no Guardians arose from their magical lairs to block the bullets and deliver justice in Newtown today. In a world where evil is real and tangible and goes after the most vulnerable of us, the only Guardians they have are you and me.
And sometimes we just aren’t strong enough. Sometimes there’s nothing we can do, and sometimes we’re too late in doing it. Sometimes evil strikes an awful blow.
But it hasn’t won. I believe in another Guardian, one who is greater than evil, who will bring justice in the end and vindicate the innocent. I don’t know why He allows moments like these, but I do believe that He is still good. And I also believe that believing in Him doesn’t give anyone an excuse to sit by and say that it’s not their problem. On the contrary, believing in a loving God makes this my problem, because if I say I’m with Him then it falls to me to be loving, too.
It’s our responsibility to stand by the victims in any way we can, any way they need. It’s up to us to show love to those around us while they’re still here, and to seek ways to protect them from those that wish them harm. We’re supposed to be here for each other, especially during times like these, and allowing a tragedy like this to divide us, using it as fuel for our own agendas or to win an argument, is fighting for the wrong side no matter how you slice it.
Show love to your family today. Go to hopemob.org and look for ways that you can put your money, time, and other resources to work helping those left broken in the wake of this senseless violence. Do all you can to usher more hope and good into the world, because no matter who you are or where you find yourself you can, and you must.
If we don’t, who will?