By my math (which is admittedly pretty weak), there are 26 days left in November if you count today, Sunday, November 5, which corresponds to 26 fallen congregants in TX. We all know that words are worse than sticks and stones and may lead those they wound to pick up a gun and unleash his pain on a church, movie theater, or the like. These wounds are inflicted when someone intends harm or when they use words without thinking of their power.
So for 26 days I want to use my words more intentionally and with an awareness of their power. I want to select 26 people and for 26 days say something to one of the 26 which is intentionally dignifying, empowering, healing, or loving.
Would you do the same? Can you let 26 people know over the next 26 days you're affirming them, encouraging them, praying for them, love them, are there for them? Choose folks you love and are like and take a chance and say it to folks who're different than you or with whom you have strained relationship.
Of course, if you believe in gun law reform, go forth and speak to your senator or whatever government rep you so desire. This does not nullify that discussion and shouldn't. However, you CAN do something clearly impactful in your sphere of influence over the next 26 days. Maybe this won't change a law but it may lift a spirit, tender up a hard heart, mend a broken relationship, and maybe, just maybe, reroute the anger of a would be future violent man or woman toward loving community.
This is a way I choose to meet this current darkness. I want to give in to anger and cynicism but know it just won't do much good for others and will eat me alive. So I'm going against my emotions and choosing this instead. It'll take some intentionality to send a text, send an email, or say words of affirmation in person. Yet it's one intentional way of resurrecting life in community from the death which has inundated us on this dark news night. Hopefully it'll honor them and offer the opportunity for others to know dignity and love.
Join me if you will. #SutherlandSpringsLife