I don't want to talk about five things today, I want to talk about ONE thing.
ONE very IMPORTANT thing.
Unless you live under a rock (like I do, so I don't judge), you're aware that some kid shot up a church Wednesday night.
Things this has nothing to do with:
Everything this has to do with:
This kid sat through their entire service and on the way out the door was like pew pew pew (+the rest of his rounds). It doesn't matter what color you are, what religion you practice/if you practice, it doesn't matter how the shooter obtained that weapon, why those people were there, who those people were, where this happened... Nothing about this situation is right. Everything about it is fucked up.
If this kid had understood that not everyone has to agree with his way of thinking and that people who believe different things than him are acceptable, then maybe this wouldn't have happened. But I think this applies on a bigger scale. As "first class" citizens we are quick to judge unfamiliar practices. We try to assimilate people into our way of thinking. Sometimes we don't even ask why they do the things they do before we just bull-in-a-china-shop our way in and demand changes be made (hello everything ever about the Middle East).
Why do we think we're always right? Why do our beliefs blind us to the pain that we cause? How did we get to this place where it's a common occurrence for violence? Why are we such a broken people?
So pray/meditate/send positive vibes/whatever you do, pray for peace, not for justice. Pray for hearts filled with clarity and love and goodness instead of hearts filled with anger and hate and violence. Love your neighbor and when you feel that rage bubbling up (which I am afflicted with multiple times a day), let it go. Refocus on something good.
BE THE GOOD, not the ugly and pray for healing, because damn if we don't need it.
Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.
Linking up with these ladies since it's FFFFRRRRRRIIIIIIDDDDAAAAYYYY!!!!!!!!!