In recent days there has been great tragedy, incidents in both China and America. Tragedies and misfortune are difficult things no matter the scale. Tragedies involving children have deep impact on everybody, tragedies on the scale of recent days are stunning to us.
Attacks on children are abhorrent to us, our natural sense of order is overturned. Attacks such as these defy belief, they assault our sensibilities perhaps more than any other incident. I have been sickened, saddened and deeply upset since news of these stories broke. This type of incident is horrifying no matter when it occurs but it seems particularly poignant at this time of year.
I have been in the past a man of action, serving on many fields. I also deeply believe in our lord, more so in the last few years. At times like this it is hard to understand how God may allow such events occur. Unfortunately free will and dominion over the earth is a curse and a blessing. I have witnessed personally great evil, these incidents are just that, incidents of great evil. The human condition unfortunately can facilitate such evil.
The fact that you can not understand what drives people to acts of evil is probably a good thing. If we could understand or explain the why, we may have to worry about our own thought processes. I am digressing this post is not a theology lesson nor a psychology diatribe. This post is about sorrow.
I am filled with deep sorrow, very little that can be said will be of any succour to the parents of the lost children. I would just like to say that there are many people who feel for you. There are many people who share your sense of horror and loss. there are many people who are praying that you are given strength. I am one of them.