Oft times it’s hard to know what to do in the wake of horrendous violence like the shooting in Virginia Beach last week that left (FAR TOO) many people dead and injured.
Plans cut drastically short as a disgruntled colleague opened fire, killing 12 in rapid succession until the police killed him.
This incomprehensible violence has left this (usually) peaceful & fun resort city reeling.
Yet in the darkness of this tragic event, stories of heroism & courage are now surfacing of how the quick thinking actions of a few saved many lives in that busy municipal building.
I grew up in Va. Beach and have many friends and family there. It’s just a 45 minute drive (on a good traffic day) from Williamsburg (an hour+ or longer with back-ups in the Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel.)
My heart and prayers are with the families of the victims and all those touched in any way by this senseless violence, for the city of Va. Beach to recover from this tragedy with hope and love.
In the face of violent darkness like this, what can we do?
Try to be Love.
Try to be Light.
And do whatever we can to remember the lives of those killed.
They are not just statistics, but mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, life partners – with families and communities who will miss them.
Every day, for a long time to come.
grace, peace & Light (in darkness)
p.s. Had planned to post this quote today, so here it is. When asked if he feared death, poet Robert Lax (1915-2000) said: “We’re all brought into this life because Heaven loves us, and back to that Love we go.”