Geographically, I am the closest Christian Science Practitioner to the massacre in the Sandy Hook School that took place five years ago today. The whole situation hit hard, and you can read my immediate response at the time here. And here is my article in the Christian Science Monitor about it a year after the shooting. I was involved in the community with the healing of this travesty, both with individual clients, and as a member of the local interfaith clergy in the area.
Newtown chose love. After seeing the worst, they chose the best. The world poured out its compassion on us, and we took it in.
But now after five years, guns are fired in schools on a weekly basis, barely even making the news. Far from shocking us into preventative action, it seems that the tragedy in Newtown paved the way for other atrocities. Somehow this has got to stop. If we keep doing the same thing can we expect different results?
Here are two brief videos I recommend watching today. The first one is of a local mom finding healing in forgiveness. The second one is slam poetry at its best. There is a curse word in the second one, but it is really worth watching with your whole heart open. I couldn’t have said it better myself.
How One Sandy Hook Mom Discovered the Power of Forgiveness
The Wrong Side of History || Gun Violence… It’s Time to Talk About It
What are you/we going to do differently?
On this anniversary of the needless slaughter at Sandy Hook I pray for this beautiful prophesy in the book of Isaiah to be heeded and fulfilled.
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4
Weapons of war are forever forged in fear or hate and will always result in death; “ploughshares and pruning-hooks” are forged in peace and expectation of harvest and blessing.
Until fear or hate (the weapon-a false sense of security) is banished and expectation of harvest and blessing realized and pursued there cannot be a lasting peace or a rest for the people of this world.
The slaughter of innocents will appear to continue until there is a complete turning of heart and mind, and the very tools of slaughter- all guns and weapons, fear, ignorance and hatred- are re-formed and thus banished from hand, home, school, country and planet.
The day is fast approaching when all the tools of war will have no practical use associated with them; when it is recognized that they will never save or protect man or nation from itself. THEN governments and citizens will hurry to re-make them into something that will actually support a peaceful world- feeding, educating, loving and spreading all the blessings of our true Creator, divine Love.
And the prophesy of Isaiah will be fulfilled on earth as in heaven.
Thank you for your healing work, Dear Polly, and your blog and this post and your art and everything you are!