Mass shootings, school shootings, random shootings... Senseless acts of violence, planned violence, premeditated murder. We hear about these things all the time now. And they're not sporadic events that mark a calendar year. They are not things that happen in some far off place. They happen here, close to home, and in our backyards. Or in our friends' backyards. Or our families' backyards. Calls and texts shoot across space to inform, warn, and urge to stay safe. Just maintaining contact brings a solid sense of relief and gratitude that you know your loved one is okay at that present moment.
There was a day when the Columbine shooting rocked our American world and was thought to be a one-off. Now, there is a temptation to never feel safe regardless of where we live. So what do you do when it's suddenly your loved ones and your backyard that are threatened? How do you approach it when it's your faith, not that of someone far away, that is being tested?
Let it drive you to Christ. There is such a temptation to look at things like this and want to hole ourselves away but we are still called to live in the world and let our light shine in the darkness. The darker it gets, the brighter we shine, the more our faith and trust must grow. Living this way is a conscious and active decision we have to make, it is not something we will just fall into. Is it easy? Of course not. Living in a way that displays constant and continual trust in the Lord is the harder option, the more rigorous of choices to pick between. But it is the right one. Because if the light does not continue to shine, then all the world would be darkness and then all would be lost.