Out of respect for the
dead, Marilyn Manson canceled his (its?) singing (screaming?) engagements
for the rest of the year. The National Rifle Association shortened its
convention in Denver and a television network pulled a show from its lineup
that had a school shooting in Denver as the story line.
Why? Two boys took up arms
and maliciously, in cold blood, killed 12 innocent children and one courageous
teacher. I can't even begin to imagine the pain suffered by those families.
This Mother's Day, my heart goes out to the people of Littleton, Colorado.
What's the answer? Gun control?
More laws and regulations? Censorship of violent video games, rock music
and movies? Medal detectors in the schools? Armed policeman patrolling
the hallways? Corporal punishment? Putting prayer back in the schools?
Talking heads and pundits
are filling the airwaves with their opinions about the cause and the cure
of this madness. Out of respect for the dead, I'll not use this tragedy
as an opportunity to footnote to my opinions, instead, I'll just weep with
those who weep.
"God, help those who weep
today, give them strength to face tomorrow and the courage to make their
world a better place. Comfort, comfort your people."
One more thing I'll do--
I'll pause to count my blessings.
"Thank you Lord, for the
health to serve you, if it wasn't for your miraculous touch on my body,
I know I would not be able. I thank you for two precious boys who are the
joy of my heart and a godly wife who faithfully serves beside me. I thank
you for her gentle spirit, and spiritual radiance. I thank you for a father
who serves as an example to me of what it means to be a loving pastor,
faithful husband, and caring dad. And of course, I thank you for my mother,
who is the godliest person I know. Thank you for the blessings you bring
into my life and I pray that I will be a blessing to others."
May God bless the mothers
of Littleton . . . and the rest of the world.