Last Sunday night’s senseless shooting at an outdoor concert has prompted memorials nationwide. With questions still circulating regarding the motive, but what sticks in my mind is the heroic efforts of men and women trying to save the life of family members, friends or total strangers.
Most of us would love to live in a world with no hatred or violence but the reality is we don’t.
Understanding the motives of a killer whether political, religious, alt-right or left or racial; shedding innocent blood should never make sense.
Whether mass shootings, hurricanes, wildfires or nuclear disasters we choose how we will respond, villain, victor or hero the choice is ours.
A mother shielding her child from the bullets, a husband protecting his wife after their last dance together or strangers helping other strangers risking their own lives. These people made a conscious decision.
How our last moments play out is our choice.
One survivor and hero Jonathan Smith said he doesn’t see himself as a hero, he said: “I would want someone to do the same for me”. A Sunday school lesson loving your neighbor as yourself, I would like to think I would choose right, but I don’t know if put to the test.
It keeps coming back to choice for me, letting go of anger and hate; not letting it boil over into the destruction of my life or some else and if put to the test; I hope I would choose to love my neighbor as myself.
As we weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn, let us hold those dear to us a little longer and closer – we may not get the opportunity again.
What is your take away on everything that is going on and how does it affect your life?