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The World We Live In

I took a couple of weeks off from blogging again, but this little blogging break felt different. We have had friends and family cycling through and staying with us for the last 3 weeks, so I have been enjoying life and trying to spend as much time with each of them as possible. But, I also couldn't seem to put words on a page with all that is going on in this world. 

This latest shooting in Las Vegas is something I just can't wrap my head around. How can someone be so cruel to take 59 innocent lives and ruin hundreds more? How can such evil exist? This is not the first mass shooting this country has seen over the last few years, but this one has hit me harder now that I am a mom. This world seems to be getting worse, and as much as I want to, I can't protect my baby from all the evil that exists in today's world. 

I look at my sweet, perfect baby and wish more than anything I could make this world perfect for him. He's still so innocent. He doesn't know hate. He doesn't know violence. He doesn't know pain and suffering. He only knows his own happy, love-filled world, and I wish there was something I could do to keep it that way forever. 

Another thing I've been meditating on lately is just how much trust we have in the complete strangers around us. I trust that the person at the stoplight beside me isn't going to pull a gun and shoot me because I have no option but to trust them. I trust the person in line behind me at the supermarket not to pull a knife and stab me because I have no option but to trust them. How awful is that? I went to church this past Sunday, and I didn't feel completely safe. Parker and I had a rare-but-amazing date night this past weekend at the movies, and I didn't feel completely safe in the theater. It's depressing, but it's the truth. 

So where do we go from here? Where is the hope in a world that seems so grim? The only answer I can come up with is Jesus. He is close to the brokenhearted, and He is the only one that can redeem this broken world we live in. I am praying for all affected by the Las Vegas shooting. God is bigger! Jesus, be near!

Hug your loved ones and be kind today. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.


csuhpat1 said...

We live in a world that gets stranger by the minute. I was in Las Vegas last weekend (Got family there and had planned this weekend trip a couple of months ago)and it was amazing how people are healing. When I went to church on Sunday in Las Vegas, the Pastor at the end of the service asked everybody who had ever done anything kind for another human being in their lives to stand up. Then he said "I am so happy to be in church with all of you." It was so simple and yet so powerful.

I think that we need to teach our kids to be kind to one another and to be decent humans (I have two kids 21 and 20), we live in a world that seems to be so cruel but if we teach our kids a better way than it will ripple throughout society.

Jen said...

It still breaks my heart seeing my home go through such a horrific event but the outpouring of love and support has been absolutely incredible.

Bailey said...

I love your last paragraph in your post. We need Jesus now more than ever!


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