Recently, we learned of yet another mass shooting, the likes of which have increased considerably. We certainly don’t understand the full scope of why people resort to such horrendous measures of cruelty and hatred.
At present, the family members of the most recent victims of a mass shooting, in Oregon, likely feel that their grief is insurmountable. But we know that God heals sorrow.
I can’t wholly imagine the heart pain that loved ones experience when their family members and friends are no longer present here for them to enjoy. And the pain is particularly enhanced when acts of violence remove those whom they love. Healing is a process and it often happens in stages. No two people grieve alike. My heart goes out to people who have losses to the family dynamic and the interruption of valued friendships.
My thoughts extend to the children who will grow up without their parents. Their realities are significantly altered. Their fragile beings are shaken to the core. What a treasured relief that God heals sorrow.
Murderers are often reviled, hated and not forgiven. But they are loved, too — by God and by their loved ones. Yes, murderers committed awful acts; they are loved, regardless. My heart aches for them and their family members. Certainly, justice needs to be administered in regard to the murderers . . . . Yes, justice indeed has a seat in the proceedings, but love and forgiveness are necessities, as well. Many victims never forgive, but that isn’t in their best interests.
We’ve read reports of victimized families who’ve forgiven those who delivered grief to their lives. I salute those people who extend forgiveness. Truly, it’s not a simple or easy thing to do. Reaching forgiveness levels is a process. Murder is very difficult to forgive. Huge gratitude extends to God who equips us to extend love and forgiveness.
Plentiful prayers go forth for the healing, health and forward progress of folks who endure the heartache of being victims of violence at the hands of deeply disturbed perpetrators.
Psalm 61:2 – KJV
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 30:2 – KJV
O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.