By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the attack on Paris last night (if not, please read here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34814203) So what now? What do we do after a terrible tragedy like this occurs?
Some have taken to scapegoating. And, to be honest with you, I kinda get it. After an event like this, we are shocked to the core. Our humanity forces us to search for answers. What is our answer? How do we respond? As Americans (French, Canadians, etc.)? As Christians (Muslims, atheists, …)? As people bound together by the fact that we’re all human beings experiencing tragedy?
We will be the hopeful. We will BE the hopeful.
1 Corinthians 13:13 reads, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love….” I’m sure you can complete the verse. But I believe these three are the opposite of fear. The fear that tragedies like this create and intend to create. Faith, hope, and love is how we’re called to respond. I believe we are called to be faith. To be hope. And to be love. This can bring us together. This, in time, can heal us.
We will be the hopeful.*
*I am, again, borrowing this saying from my favorite organization To Write Love On Her Arms (www.twloha.com). While processing these events last night, this saying was all I could think of. God’s calling me to be the hopeful.