It seems pretty fashionable to discount “Thoughts and Prayers” these days.
The people offended or put off by anyone willing to pray for someone in need often seem to think they are doing a great thing by saying things like:
Your thoughts and prayers are not enough.
We need more than thoughts and prayers.
Thoughts and prayers don’t work.
Interestingly enough, they often offer nothing more than empty, divisive words when offering such stellar “advice” to the “masses” in their social circles.
Hey, I get it. Many people don’t pray and many more rarely think before saying something. That’s life “these days” and we just better get used to it. Amiright?
Rather than pretending to be far smarter than those who choose to pray, I wonder if we can find people who actually want to take a good hard look at much bigger problems.
The problem of the day / flavor of the month is gun violence. Sometimes, it’s a different crime, somethimes it’s abortion, sometimes it’s anything to distract us from what’s right and what’s wrong…
From an Instagram post we learn that some of the victims of this tragic day were not offended or afraid of prayer.
They were swept into a classroom and the teachers barricaded the doors behind them. They heard gunshots and heavy pounding on the door. A young boy from her class urged others to remain calm and told the students to get into a circle. They started to pray.
“Dear God, please take care of all of us and help us get out of here safe… in His name, Amen.”
Don’t be offended by anything written here. I’m simply pointing out something that seems obvious to me but appears to be divisive to many people.
Talk about big problems… The fact that we can’t have civil discussions without politicizing things is, in itself, a big problem.
Let’s work together to help everyone in our country.
Our country isn’t nearly as broken as some would have you believe. The majority of our people are good people. They follow laws, treat all people fairly, they want what’s best for all of us.
Of course, there’s a lot of people who choose to divide us. That’ll never change. Personally, I hope we can put the blame on people who break laws. Heck, maybe we can enforce all of our laws and punish people who break them. If we don’t agree with a law, our Constitution allows us to change it.
The gun debate will continue to rage on in the future. Some changes to our laws could certainly be made, but I wonder what happens next? Let’s raise the age… Maybe ban certain weapons? Once that is done, what happens when that doesn’t stop the violence?
Personally, I pray that we can all find answers that unite us rather than divide us.