Author Topic: Our Grieving Nation  (Read 4263 times)


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Our Grieving Nation
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:49:59 AM »
What language can I borrow to express sadness like this sadness?  Indeed while all grief makes us feel that our words are inadequate, this grief renders us speechless.  Hope comes in the reaction from others, the families, neighbors, friends and strangers.  Hope comes in the feeling of unity of purpose -- to accompany the sorrowing, in the resolve to make our society safer.  Hope comes in the words of the President. 

Last night's memorial service broadcast from Newtown was viewed around the world.  And the world, dismayed at America's culture of violence, witnessed a contradiction: Clergy representing Christianity and Islam, Judaism and other faiths, joined together to give witness to grief and hope in a way that is unthinkable in many places, joined together to show unity, joined together to show the US at its best.

That may not seem like great comfort to those whose lives have been altered by gun violence, but it's a sign of hope nonetheless.  If we can feel the pain of one another and reach out to each other when tragedy strikes, surely we can see the necessity of preventing whatever grief can be stopped before it happens.