Positive thoughts and prayers have been the best means available, since the beginning of time, to transform darkness to light. – Cat Stevens
This week we witnessed another school shooting. This brings the number since January 1st up to 18. I chose to post that those killed and wounded are in our thoughts and prayers. Their families and friends who were grieving the huge loss of their loved one are also in our thoughts and prayers.
Someone decided to take me to task for making this statement. The poster said, “Enough with the “prayers and thoughts”. God demands we act and change this!” While I understand this person’s feelings and concerns, their tone upset me.
We are doing what we can to change this cycle of violence in our nation. We write letter, we protest, attend town halls, vote, and make phone calls. Yet, at the end of the day all we are left with is people who refuse to listen, refuse to do anything to protect people from the growing tide of violence. So we have a choice. We can allow ourselves to become depressed and give up or we can pray and continue to fight.
I choose to pray and fight. So I offer my thoughts and prayers for that reason and because it is the compassionate thing to do as well. We tend to forget that we are dealing real people in real situations. It is our instinct to get angry and upset at times like this. That is all well and good, but we must remember to extend compassion and empathy to those who are effected by these acts of violence.
You may think that thoughts and prayers is a cop out. The reality is that it is only one part of what we do in these situations. In between our work to stop the violence, we will continue to offer our thoughts and prayers. I hope you will too.
And hopefully, some day, we will be victorious!