Thank you for hanging out with me! From day to day you never know what life will throw at you. And it will often be this way in my blog as well :) But lest RUN WILD and LIVE FREE in this amazing adventure together!
There is so much I want to share on my blog with all of you. But I have decided to make my next post just something that has been on my mind/heart.
There has been so much heartache and heartbreak in our nation and world in such a small amount of time lately. As a society and even as individuals we can sit and point fingers and place blame. We can say things like “black lives matter” and “all lives matter” which is all fine and good. I don’t see anything wrong with any of this.
My heart just breaks for the families of all these victims. How have we gotten to the point that someone might feel the answer is to take the life of one who is out there trying to protect us (police officers)?
One thing that has been on my mind is that even though we have “terrorists” in many forms, and those who feel taking the lives of others is ok there are families behind those people. There are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers etc. that are also grieving the loss and decisions their family members are making. Being a mother, no matter what decision my son makes in his life, I will ALWAYS LOVE my son. My heart will always break if something bad happens to him, or if he makes a bad decision. But it will never change my love for him. As a parent I would not support the bad decision that was made but will always support the child I raised.
I say this because I feel as a society we need to open our minds and hearts to those families who are both grieving the loss of their loved ones that are the police officers, innocent lives lost in France, bikers that were hit in Kalamazoo, MI or the lives lost in a daily basis on the streets of America through many difference circumstances. But we also need to open our minds and hearts to the families who are also grieving and dealing with the negative decisions their loved ones have made that led to these losses and the losses that they are enduring of their loved ones because of the consequences of these poor decisions. There are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and families on both sides of all these incidents that have happened that are heart broken and grieving. We cannot, we should not, place blame on the families of the ones who were the shooters, bombers, drivers that caused these incidents to happen. These families need our support just as our police officers and their families need our support, just as the victims of these terrible tragedies need our support.
YES I want to see justice happen in these situations. But I also want to see heeling across our nation. And I think that one of the first steps to doing that is to open our hearts to all the victims across the board in these situations. Families have been forever changed in all aspects. It is so easy to blame and be mad at the ones who did the shootings/caused the death of others. But it is so often forgotten that they have loved ones that are torn apart as well. Let’s start a change and embrace those who are grieving and broken no matter the reason!
There is a reason all of this is happening. What it is we may not ever know til the end times. But I fully believe God has a grand plan in place. This may not be a “good enough” reason for some, and I understand that, but maybe it is to have us open our hearts, homes and lives to those who are grieving on both ends of the spectrum. Maybe it is to have us ask ourselves “How can I make a difference?” Maybe it is none of these. And believe me; I understand being angry with God through this and struggling with what is going on. I believe God understands that too. I believe he weeps with us as well. But I also think about all the “least of these” that God helped and came for.
Mathew 25:40: “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”