“I can’t believe the news today. I can’t close my eyes and make it go away. How long? How long must we sing this song? How long, how long?”
Apparently, this song is one we just can’t get enough of.
But it’s not Bono who is singing. This time it’s the students and families of the most recent victims of this nightmarish rampage this past Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But whether it’s a school in Florida, Colorado, or Connecticut, a church in South Carolina, a night club in Florida, or a concert in Nevada, our brothers and sisters by the hundreds of thousands just keep singing this heartbreaking refrain.
How long? How long must we sing this song before something changes? Before someone, anyone does something that changes the lyric? We all say we want things to be different, but all we do is pray, mourn, and repeat. And with the passage of time most of us simply move on thankful the violence didn’t visit us personally.
But how many more innocent people need to suffer at the hands of those who should never ever be allowed to posses assault rifles and other weapons of mass destruction? This shouldn’t be all that difficult to begin making some reasonable changes. This is not a Republican/Democrat problem, this is a human problem and one that we need to move beyond our petty partisan politics and collaborate on reasonable solutions together.
“And the battle’s just begun, so many lost, but tell me who has won? The trench is dug within our hearts. And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart. Wednesday, Bloody Wednesday. How long, how long must we sing this song? How long? How long?”
Jesus teaches us that blessing flows to those of us who intentionally and actively pursue making peace. In fact, he says that those who do are the true sons and daughters of the Most High God. So, when tragedies like the one that just happened this past Wednesday occur, prayer is a good place to start. We must pour out our brokenness and our grief, our anger, and our fear and we ask God to meet us in the place of our deepest need. But after we have spoken, at some point it becomes time for us to listen and to hear God speak to us, directing us back into the world that needs the best we have to offer it. No doubt, we will each be called to play different roles, but play them we must! Let us not be so stubborn, so proud, so ignorant, so apathetic, so afraid that we fail to realize that this is not someone else’s problem. This problem is our collective problem and it will require all the creativity, compassion, and courage we can summon. Incline your ear to God, He may well be inviting you to become the answer to the very prayers you are praying. We can do this! We must do this!