With all of the violence experienced recently, I am at the point where I can’t take much more. Although far removed from the direct impact of the violence, I am nonetheless negatively impacted. I can only imagine the nightmare for those experiencing the loss of their loved ones. My heart goes out to the survivors and family members of gun violence. Like them, I’m tired of the violence.
One Sunday, after the ambush of police officers in Baton Rouge, and wall-to-wall coverage on cable news, I found myself looking for some kind of escape on TV. I wound up watching a slapstick comedic episode of the Monkees from the 1960’s! Then I moved over to watch the Hallmark channel, showing Christmas movies in July. This reaction to the latest news reminds me of my behavior shortly after 9/11, when I turned to I Love Lucy for comfort. I cherish and miss the days when life seemed simpler; when people respected each other, and life seemed more normal.
All of this violence creates a negative effect on my moods. I get easily agitated and concerned. How about you? What kind of effect is all of this violence having on you? I find myself praying for peace – a lot! I cannot understand why people use guns to solve their problems. Doing so doesn’t solve any problems; killing people only creates new problems.
…of listening to the NRA say that “it isn’t guns who kill people, it’s people who kill people.”
…of seeing our “do-nothing Congress” do nothing.
…of seeing President Obama give the same speech at every memorial service, and nothing positive comes from it.
I certainly do not know the answer to this problem. However, I urge you to join me in praying for peace.This problem is way too big for us humans to solve, even though we brought it all on ourselves. We need the Lord’s intercession and intervention. We need His Peace.