This post was originally published around the time of the Sandy Hook Shootings, but after the World Vision Controversy that has been going on, my mind has once again reflected on the need for more kindness in our world.
Many of us this Christmas season have had the shootings that occurred in Connecticut on our mind. When I first read about the shooting at the Elementary school I went through a variety of emotions that day. I started out angry at the shooter, and then real deep sorrow for the victim’s families, and then came fear for the Nation that we live in. I found myself fearful for my own husband (who is a teacher), and also hesitant about the public schooling system for my own children. As all of these emotions were taking toll on me throughout the day I silently reflected and began to wonder if there was anything positive I could take from any of it. And that’s the first time throughout the day that I began to feel compassion for the shooter. I began to wonder about his life and what miserable things might have taken place to get him to that point in his life. I began to wonder if I had known him in high school, would I have reached out to him?
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