First, you hate. Then you grow hard in the heart because that’s what hate does to you. If you continue to feed it, justify it and give place to it, you’ll become what you beheld or endured. You lose your life even if you’re still breathing.
You die. The same as if a bullet took you down or some other calamity befell you and took you out of this life. You become your own victim. You live your own death.
The horror of what happened yesterday could kill us inside, make us hate Muslims or act out against them, or it can help us recognize now more than ever we are our own spiritual rescue. This is not about faith in God, this is about faith in us as people in a global community.
We can resolve to mistrust one another, further bankrupting ourselves emotionally; or we can resolve that, regardless of the evil certain people or groups of people choose to do, we will honor our hearts and minds with the gift of inner peace and love for all of God’s creation – even those that get it wrong and make us fearful.
To do less is to court and walk with Death on its victory lap among, around and through us.
Those who steal others’ peace and love have none of their own to give. That means we need to give even more of what they lack to fill the void they’ve chosen to create.
This is the moment we choose to create who we become as well. Let’s choose to be vigilant of those in lack, and let go of the hate, sadness and loss they counted on to cripple, kill and weaken us.
If we are love, not hate, we will prevail. In the end, it’s forgiveness that wins. Not darkness. Not Death.
To Light, Life and Love. Forever and Ever, Amen!