Wednesday, April 18, 2007

1 John 2:12-17

I had a devotional written for today’s passage but in light of the tragedy that occurred Monday at Virginia Tech, I decided to forego it for the following.

As the events unfolded in Blacksburg, my thoughts immediately jumped to concern for the students we know that attend VT, including those from our own parish. Other than 9/11, this tragedy has hit closer to home for me than any of the other events that make up our nation’s history. After getting word that everyone we knew had survived and was alright, I exhaled a huge sigh of relief.

My thoughts also turned toward the parents of those who did not survive. I shudder to think of how I would have reacted if I found out one of my kids had been killed by a mass murderer. We are all cognizant of the fact that any of us could die at any moment in time but we seldom live as if life were so fragile. I would imagine that each of those families that lost loved ones Monday would give anything in the world to see them one last time.

May I make a suggestion? Tell each of your loved ones today how precious they are to you. Make sure your kids know how proud you are of them; tell your spouse how much they mean to you; if your parents are still alive, let know how grateful you are for all they sacrificed for you. And while you’re at it, give thanks to God for all the blessings He’s bestowed upon you.

Let us pray:

Dear Lord, we offer up to you all those affected by the events that unfolded this past week. Heal those who were physically injured as well as those who have been traumatized by the violence. Comfort those who lost loved ones and surround them with the love and support of friends and family. And while it is natural to look for someone to blame, inspire your people to come together in community to work with each other in love rather than against each other in anger. Above all, Lord, use the evil that reared its ugly head this week to draw people closer to you so that all glory and honor may be yours. In Jesus’ name… . Amen.

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