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Break the Cycle

December 14, 2012

As I write this, all I can say is my heart is very, very heavy. I’m not really writing this post to convince anyone of anything, or to try and make a point. I guess I’m just writing this because I needed to get my thoughts down and express it somehow.

What happened today in Connecticut was despicable. It was fucking heinous. When I first heard/read the news, I couldn’t even process what had just happened. It doesn’t even seem possible. But the sad matter of fact is, this isn’t exactly an isolated event. People are killing people every damn day. It’s truly sickening.

I’m not here to talk about gun control. I’m not here to talk about media bias based on demographics and social status, nor do I want to get into the question of “why would God let such a thing happen?”. I’m not here to talk about any of the causes, but rather I simply want to discuss just the effect.

If there is one thing I’m sure of, it’s that we need Love now, more than ever. I believe brokenness begets brokenness. This happened because a man, for whatever reason, was actually truly broken. His mind and heart was just not functioning. And now we are left with more brokenness – grieving children, families, and staff, and a society so busy trying to figure out why this happened.

Yes. It’s important to understand “why”. But if I’m convicted of anything, it’s that it also tremendously important to know what I need to do now. Where do I go from here? Because although brokenness begets brokenness, Love begets love. And I believe Love over comes brokenness.

It. Never. Fails.

And so, that is what I need to do. Love. We are left with a vacuum of brokenness that needs to be filled with only Love – and I don’t just mean for the community of Newtown. There is brokenness everywhere – and this is a sobering reminder of that very fact. At this moment all I know is that I am called to break the cycle, and I think you are too.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:6-8


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