There are things in life which are incomprehensible, completely beyond words. The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas is one of those. What would motivate an 18 year old to allegedly shoot his grandmother and then proceed to the school where he murdered 19 students and 2 adults? What is it like for the parents who dropped their children at school, thinking they were safe, only to never see them again? There are so many questions and so few answers.
Our hearts go out to each of the parents whose children has so much potential, at the blossoming of their young lives. We also are thinking of the teachers who give so much of themselves each and every day to educate the next generation and one of whom was unable to return to loved ones. While the shooter has been killed, there is no possibility for justice to be served for such a heinous crime.
I challenge each and every one of us to teach love, not fear; courage not anxiety; perseverance rather than numbness or throwing up our hands. The problems of our time are great, yet with resolve, confidence and the strength of our convictions we can exemplify that love trumps hatred and unity can overcome animosity and fear.
Let us continue to pray for those in critical condition-that they are able to make a full, speedy recovery.
I pray for better times ahead when we can celebrate as a unified community rather than mourn senseless hatred.