War-torn, damaged, dismayed. Yet another school shooting. And all I can say is enough.
This is not how we should live our lives – surrounded with fear and violence. Regardless of blame or cause, we need to stand up and figure out a better way forward.
Our children should not have to live in fear. Our educators should not have to live in fear.
These images were taken in Belgium/Flanders. For me the image above conveys the horrors of war, the horrors of violence, of people trapped, of damage done, a metal labyrinth into the depths of a man-made hell.
My point in all of this, is that the cycle of violence – war, mass shootings, whatever name you want to give to it, must stop.
This is not how we are intended to live.
Instead of violence, why not peace.
Why not hope and love.
Maybe, just maybe, we can be the change we need. In this journey through Lent, perhaps the questions should be, Lord, how can I help?