There may never be an adequate explanation as to why a man decided to open fire with automatic weapons on an innocent crowd of people. Every possible "maybe" leaves us unsatisfied and saying, "that makes no sense." Is there anything at all that can justify the taking of 59 innocent lives and injuring over 500 others? Is there anything at all that can justify the amount of pain, grief and sorrow this one man has caused?
Will Rogers was once asked, "What's wrong with the world?"
"I dunno," he drawled, "I guess its people."
I guess it is. Individual acts, one-by-one, will be the ultimate determiners of what will happen to this world of ours and its people. The evil in our world is massive, and the goodness is massive too. But when we stop generalizing about them, when we break them down, we discover that it is people-individuals-at the heart of each. The next time an angry word is spoken to you, answer it in anger--and see what happens. One evil piled upon another, a chain reaction is set off. Or, instead, next time an angry word is spoken to you, set off a different kind of chain reaction: answer it with love. Only God knows where that may lead.
The people of Las Vegas have answered evil with good. They have stood in long lines to give blood. They have stood beside their injured friends and family. Some have even publicly stated that they have forgiven the one who did the shooting. It is very difficult to bring order out of this level of chaos. But I believe in the one who, with just a few words, calmed an angry sea.
This is my story...