It is my first instinct, in the wake of such horror, to talk of hope and love. But how can a preacher like me talk about the way of love today when we witnessed so many innocent teenagers, and several adults whose only purpose for being in that school was to teach and care for those kids, lose their lives so senselessly, so tragically.
It is absolutely foolish for me to talk about love today—but I have to.
That’s really the only word we have from God in the midst of this tragedy.
Let me be clear. Much more needs to be said. It is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to ensure that these frequent tragedies—from Sandy Hook, to Orlando, to Las Vegas, to Sutherland Springs, Texas, to Parkland, Florida—stop. We must work to eradicate everything that makes such senseless violence possible. It is OK to be angry and brokenhearted and scared.
But today, we also remember that God loves us and that nothing can overcome that love. Love wins…love always wins.
William Sloane Coffin once said, “the world is too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love.” Yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School we were reminded yet again of how dangerous the world is, and our complicity in that danger. Perhaps today, love will motivate us to join hands, and, with courageous faith, work for a world where all God’s children may live in safety and peace.