Orlando: No Explanation or Solution Offered Within

I debated for a long time on whether or not to write about the tragedy that has taken place in Orlando. As it always is with such events, the internet erupts with opinions and agendas from all over. I have gone back and forth on whether or not I should add to what can feel like complete chaos. Yet, my soul is grieved as I survey the bullet-riddled and hate-filled landscape that is the country I live in.

I feel an inner brokenness and despair as my eyes take in the violence and destruction that seems ever so present. I join in with the words Jesus spoke as He wept over Jerusalem, “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.” (Luke 19:42)

Oh how I wish we would understand the way to peace. Are we too late as well? Is this way hidden from our eyes, because we are too busy feasting upon violence, retribution, and hatred? That is a question that I cannot answer and haunts me deeply.

Lord Jesus have mercy.

I had written an 1800 word post addressing the topic of peacemaking and how it is that a Christian walks such an untraveled road, but now is not the time for 1800 words. There are more than enough words flippantly passing through the mouths of would-be-wise-men, and I would be foolish to add to their number. Instead I offer everyone the words of John.

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4–5).

The darkness has not overcome it.

The darkness will not overcome it.

May we lament alongside Jesus as we take in the tragedy. May we not explain the suffering, but enter into it with those who are bearing its weight.

Lord Jesus have mercy.


Photo credit: Jude Doyland via Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

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Curtis Snell

I am first and foremost someone who is trying to follow the example and teachings of Jesus. I serve on the pastoral staff of a church in Iowa and I love writing, reading, and my dog Pepper.

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