The Suburban Vagabond

On a search for a better world, finding it in the most unlikely places

Darkness and Light

I spent this evening shopping with my 2 year old, Lux. We ran around the mall, played arcade games, tried on random accessories, topping the evening off with a meal at TGI Friday’s. It was a simple, wonderful evening.  Any parent can tell you how the time seems to fly, each moment a strange contradiction of wonder and elusive impermanence…

Even through the frustrations that come with parenting, I am continually reminded that there could be no greater title than that of being called “Daddy” (and occasionally “Michael!” when I’m not paying enough attention to my precocious offspring). This is a gift to be cherished, and a privilege not to be taken lightly.

Maybe that’s why my heart is hurting for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary. Maybe that’s why I felt physically ill when I heard the news. Maybe that’s why we should always be praying “Your Kingdom come Here and Now as well as Then and There”

This is not the way the world is supposed to be, and our almost universal reaction of horror testifies to the fact that we know it. Young lives aren’t supposed to be ended by bullets, by bombs, or by blades.

Life is precious, and each life is infinitely valuable.

So what is our reaction to the callous disregard of these most beautiful of young lives? How should we respond? Legislation? Violent deterrence? More law enforcement? No doubt the advocates for all of these will have their say. I’m sure there will be great ideas, and I’m sure there will be vigorous debate…but still…

The older I get, the less confidence I find in governments – or individuals – to take on evil and win. It all starts to look like fighting fire with fire…

  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.   Hatred cannot drive out hatred; only love can do that”     ~Martin Luther King, Jr

It is right to mourn with these families in Newtown – it is fitting that we should weep and lament the brokenness around us, for the world is not the way it should be. It is good that we feel anger when someone chooses to give in to their darkest impulses. All creation cries out with us as we join the prophets and the poets in decrying death, and violence, and hate…

But it shouldn’t stop there. The best way that we know to fight evil is to love. Love deeply – without reservation, without hesitation. Sacrificially. Intentionally. Let us love our families  and cherish our time with them. Let us love our enemies until they are our friends. Let us love our neighbors until they become our family. Let us embrace this fleeting string of brief moments called life. Let us take every opportunity to do good, to be kind, and to practice the values of the Kingdom that we claim.

Let us hunger for the world to be set right, and let us live as people of that world.

So keep your families and friends close tonight, forgive and forget, enjoy your time with them and take your rest, and wake up tomorrow…

and fight the darkness with the light.

Grace and Peace,
The Vagabond

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This entry was posted on 2012/12/15 by in Uncategorized.

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