Obviously, words cannot heal or explain the terrible events of last week. But I think President Obama made some decent and heartfelt remarks on the matter. Here’s what he said:
“And if there’s anything to take away from this tragedy, it’s the reminder that life is very fragile. Our time here is limited, and it is precious. And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives. Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another.”
Later, he went on to say, “At the end of the day, what we’ll remember will be those we loved and what we did for others. That’s why we’re here.”
If nothing else, let this dark, inexplicable act of evil remind us that life is the most precious thing in the world. Life is the spark of divinity, the essence that animates our perceptions, thoughts and relationships. It’s a treasure more valuable than any other.
Yet we’re surrounded by a culture that minimizes, trivializes, sometimes celebrates and occasionally makes entertainment of death. Enough of death. We’re not on this planet to be destroyers. Destruction is the work of evil. As the president said, we’re here to love and serve others. Let our words, deeds, thoughts and choices reflect that calling.
Dear God, please be with those who are in the hospital fighting for their lives. Please be with those who will carry physical and emotional scars for life. Please comfort and heal the families of those who were lost, as well as the emergency first responders. Please heal our community, our state, our nation. Please instill in us a renewed sense of the value of life, your greatest gift. Amen.