I know this is not my usual posting day, but in light of recent events I have decided to write this anyway.
If you’ve been watching or reading the news, then you’ve probably heard about the shooting at a high school in Florida yesterday, February 14th. I only heard about this today, and I am heartbroken.
I think this deserves more than just a postscript at the end of Monday’s post. It deserves more than just a quick acknowledgement- it deserves a post.
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. The day of love and hearts and happiness and chocolate and teddy bears, but for some it was a day of destruction and loss.
Some people would say that this shooting didn’t affect me, since I don’t live nearby. I didn’t know anyone who lost their life. I have no connection to it. But in a way, it still did. It affected me anyway. Every single piece of my heart goes out to anyone involved- the victims, the families and friends of the victims, the wounded, the students, teachers, administrators, anyone on the staff, the response team workers, everyone.
I think this has affected everyone who has heard about it, even if you weren’t directly involved in it. There is a part of you that breaks when you hear about the loss of anyone’s life, even when you didn’t know them.
Not only do I break because of the victims, but because of the students- so many students- who have now witnessed such a horrible event.
And I break because of the loved ones of the victims. I can’t even imagine what they are going through, and I’m deeply saddened by the thought of it. I hope they know that their child, or spouse, or sibling, or parent is in a place now without sadness.
I really don’t know how things like this happen. We all know that this isn’t the first time a school shooting has happened, and sadly it won’t be the last.
It breaks my heart, and I have no explanation.
At times like this, the only thing I can do is turn to God. Even though I know I can’t get answers to my questions, that there aren’t answers, there is an indescribable comfort found in it anyway.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” -Isaiah 43:2
“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” -Psalm 91:4
I hope that, if you are also feeling broken and lost, whether it be over the shooting or for other reasons, these verses help bring you back to some light. God is bigger than all obstacles. He doesn’t promise an easy life, and horrible things happen. What He does promise is that will be there for you when things get hard.
I want to conclude this post (if you can call this a post, more like Olivia rambling) with a point that I hope can translate to you even if you aren’t a Christian.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” -John 13:34
Love one another. At the end of the day, through all the struggles and the pain, love one another.
Reading about this shooting made me want to hug my family and not let go. It made me want to tell my friends how much I appreciate them, and it made me realize how lucky I am to be alive right here, right now.
Life can be horrifying, things happen that are terrible. This shooting, and all the others that have happened, fall into that category. It makes me want to show more love to everybody, and that was my main point of writing this post.
Hug your family. Appreciate the life you have while you have it, and don’t forget to love one another. I’m praying for all of you.♥