When is it going to stop?
I’m not going to lie; I’m not really surprised by these things anymore. The human capacity for cruelty and evil no longer shocks me. I’m cynical, it’s true. One of the most cynical people I know, if not the most.
So when I heard about the shooting in Las Vegas, I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t shocked. Appalled, yes. Angry, yes. Sad, yes. But not surprised.
I don’t know anyone who was hurt or killed. I have no connection with the event other than the fact that I live in the same country. I have no idea of the depths of pain and grief that is being experienced right now, on behalf of those who were lost. I don’t know the same fear for the lives of the wounded that their families and friends do.
However, that doesn’t mean I feel nothing. Chances are that no one connected with this horrific tragedy will ever read this–but if, against all odds, you lost or might lose someone in the shooting:
You are not alone.
At a time like this, you no doubt feel pain that I can’t even begin to imagine. If a loved one was wounded, you fear for them. This is not wrong. It is not something to be ashamed of. You have every right to feel anger, sadness, pain, terror. Just remember that, no matter how difficult things are in this time of trial, you are not alone. There are people you can turn to, there are people who will support you. You don’t have to grieve on your own.
The only way I can reach you is with this message. I can’t physically support you. I can’t be a shoulder for you to cry on, I can’t hug you or simply be there with you. But there are people who can. Please, go to them. They will do what I can’t.
At the very least, you will be in my prayers. It may not mean much to you, but it’s all I really have to offer.
As for the rest of you, those who, like me, are unconnected to this tragedy, let’s have a moment of silence and prayer for those killed or wounded, and for those left behind.
And to the dead, rest in peace.