Psalm 25:To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me....Show me your ways, O LORD, protect my life and deliver me...
It broke my heart to read that one school is teaching its kindergarten children a new “nursery rhyme” which tells them what to do in case of a school shooting. Have we come to this place, where shootings are so common that we train our children with rhymes about lockdown?
We fight a constant battle, in human life, between making the world better and learning to deal with its fallen nature. To solve school shootings would require changes in mindset, in individuals’ sense of value, and our impersonal society has little interest in such time-intensive efforts. So we make laws that serve as temporary stopgaps, or we teach our children, and ourselves, to expect the worst.
We struggle, too, with our understanding of God, given the evil pervasive in our world. We pray to God, “Let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.” But we wonder how a loving God could allow such evil to flourish and to harm God’s people.
The only answer I can find is to work hard at making all persons feel valued and significant, while understanding that I will still face fallout from the despair of others.
Still, it doesn’t seem right to make nursery rhymes about the evil that will almost certainly touch our lives.
Joshua 2: 1-14; Romans 11: 1-12; Matthew 25: 1-13
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