I heard about another senseless act of violence again today. Marines and a police officer, from what I understand, were gunned down in Tennessee. I’m not sure of any other details as I refused to watch the news, and I didn’t click on the news story when it came up in my news feed on Facebook.
Yesterday, I did watch the news, and I learned of a shooting in the small town of Holly Hill in South Carolina. This is way too close to home for me. Five people were gunned down in their home. Two adults – ages 50 and 28 – and three children were involved – ages 17, 12, and 8, I believe. Two of the three children died at the scene along with the two adults. The third child – age 8 years old – was airlifted to a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, where he remains in critical condition. The last I heard on this case, the suspect was still at large, and they did not have a motive in this shooting.
My heart was overcome with sadness upon hearing this not even a month after nine were gunned down in their church!
Oh my heart aches for this world and what is happening in this day and age. From fights regarding a flag, a piece of fabric that others were so offended by that waved over the state house and on Fort Sumter in South Carolina, right on to racial organizations — on both sides — rallying at the state house this coming weekend, to innocent lives being lost once again.
Lord, we need you! We need you now more than ever.
Why can’t we live in a world without violence, without the need for gun control. I wish God would reach down His mighty hand and save us from ourselves and our fellow man that has hate in their hearts. And if only … if only we could reach a point to where one day there would not be any more racial discussions, rallies, or fights needing to be resolved. If we could do away with the racial tension and accept each other with open arms and love – red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. So should they be with all of us as well! Each and every life is precious – no matter the color of our skins! We are all beautiful creations from God above.
It is my desire that peace, love, and harmony would prevail. It sounds so simple, for us to all just get along, and yet, it’s just out of our grasp when people are so set against something — and often times, each other — with no compromise in sight.
Love your neighbor as yourself. Why is that so hard to do? When will we be free of prejudice, racism, hate, murders, and fear of what is to come?
This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt word of: Free.