Shakespeare's famous introduction to Richard III comes to mind when reviewing the year now departing. Perhaps it's just middle age. This is a season of hope for believers, yet a quick look around must cause puzzlement, if not alarm. The outrage in Newtown is just the sort of thing to cause the question, "Where is God in all of this?" to come up. I can't answer that. I can only offer consolation from Ruth and me to the families who suffered the loss of a child, wife, sister, or daughter.
The desire to scream with outrage is natural. We need to remember that dealing with such horrors requires both warm hearts and cold minds. Much careful thought, open dealing, and compromise are required to make some progress, however painful, toward something better from this nightmare.
I've owned a shotgun for many years, a family heirloom from my grandfather. Like most gun owners, I would never carry it someplace where it doesn't belong - to say nothing of using it for anything but hunting, target shooting, or home defense.We need to teach our children that a weapon is a good servant but a dreadful master. We also need to remember that our children have a right to life that outweighs whatever other rights we call our own.
As we come up to the start of a New Year, let's resolve to look beyond the tired, wrathful, shopworn cliches to which we resort when such tragedies strike. The dead of Aurora, Oak Creek, and Newtown deserve no less.